Prescription Thugs

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World Premiere

USA | 86 MINUTES

PRESCRIPTION THUGS

Documentary
Americans consume 75% of the world’s prescription drugs. After losing his own brother to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse, documentarian Chris Bell sets out to demystify this insidious addiction. Bell’s examination into the motives of big pharma and doctors in this ever-growing market leads him to meet with experts on the nature of addiction, survivors with first-hand accounts of their struggle, and whistleblowers who testify to the dollar-driven aims of pharmaceutical corporations. Ultimately his investigation will point back to where it all began: his own front door.

Bell follows up his rousing Bigger Stronger Faster, which pulled back the curtain on steroid use in the U.S., with a galvanizing exposé of the legal prescription drug business in this country. While the war rages against illegal drug use, Bell attempts to break the hardened correlation that legal means safe.

—Cara Cusumano

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Christopher Bell

Chris Bell co-wrote and directed the 2008 feature documentary Bigger Stronger Faster, which screened at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. His follow-up, Trophy Kids, chronicled the lives of five sports kids and their overbearing parents, airing on HBO to critical acclaim.
Director
Chris Bell
Screenwriter
Josh Alexander
Producer
Daniel Chalfen, Christopher Bell, Greg Young
Editor
Greg Young
Cinematographer
Greg Young
Executive Producer
Peter Billingsley, Joel Cheatwood, Vince Vaughn
Composer
Joel Goodman
Cast
Christopher Bell

CONTACTS

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Naked Edge Films
New York, 10025
Phone: 212 729 0030
daniel@nakededgefilms.com
US Sales Contact
Daniel Chalfen
Naked Edge Films
New York, 10025
Phone: 212 729 0030
daniel@nakededgefilms.com
Print Source
Daniel Chalfen
Naked Edge Films
New York, 10025
Phone: 212 729 0030
daniel@nakededgefilms.com