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.