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“Adrift” Film Chronicles Long Island’s Escalating Heroin Epidemic

Long Island Addiction Resources “Adrift” Film Chronicles Long Island’s Escalating Heroin Epidemic

By now, Long Island’s ongoing battle with heroin and prescription opioids is so well documented that it has found its way onto the big screen. “Adrift” is a new film that chronicles, in painful detail, one family’s struggle with heroin as the drug infiltrates their home. The viewer witnesses the Fernandez family becomes the latest casualties of suburban Long Island’s heroin explosion simply by virtue of their proximity to the LI Expressway, also known as the Heroin Highway. The seemingly idyllic life for which they strived falls apart in the wake of the youngest son’s drug addiction, a scenario with which too many Long Island families are painfully familiar.

The film is seen through the eyes of the middle child, who is writing a book about the ever-declining state of his family. The film is one of the first major pieces of media to shed light on Long Island’s ongoing drug battle, and the way in which it affects families, individuals and communities. It takes painstaking measures to establish the juxtaposition between upward mobility and the uncontrollable downward spiral that comes with full-fledged chemical dependency, taking addiction out of the overly used environment of the inner cities and placing it squarely in the affluent suburbs to a paint a jarring and real-life picture of what’s going on throughout the region.It remains to be seen what kind of national attention or acclaim “Adrift” will receive. It does, however, tell a story that is doubtless familiar to communities all over the country. Prescription opioids have paved the way for increased heroin addiction on a national scale and have created a new and faceless frontier of chemical dependency. While media and messaging of this sort might be painful reminders to those who have gone through the experience in real life, it can also help to promote awareness, education and action regarding prevention.

It remains to be seen what kind of national attention or acclaim “Adrift” will receive. It does, however, tell a story that is doubtless familiar to communities all over the country. Prescription opioids have paved the way for increased heroin addiction on a national scale and have created a new and faceless frontier of chemical dependency. While media and messaging of this sort might be painful reminders to those who have gone through the experience in real life, it can also help to promote awareness, education and action regarding prevention.

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  1. […] even exists an independent film this year that focuses on the heroin epidemic on Long Island called Adrift. With an 11 percent rise in drug overdose deaths nationally, 77 percent related to heroin, […]