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Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic - A Hard Look at Opioid Addiction
When members of the medical profession take the Hippocratic oath, they never imagine that the drugs they prescribe for pain would kill or destroy the lives of their patients. But that has been happening all across America since the year 2000. Did the pharmaceutical companies, who created and marketed opioids…
An Odyssey of Ignorance & Greed
The Opioid Epidemic is the worst man-made epidemic in the history of our nation. More people die each year from an opioid overdose than in automobile accidents. The statistics are staggering. This episode traces how an aggressive pharmaceutical mass marketing campaign for the new drug OxyContin mislead doctors and the…
Ground Zero
Rural America was among the earliest and hardest hit by prescription opioid addiction and overdose deaths. The stories in this episode center primarily in Kentucky, the ground zero of the epidemic. Whole communities have been devastated. Some schools don't hold parent teacher meetings because many of the parents are either…
Rocky Road to Recovery
This episode shines a light on the plight of the millions of Americans who suffer from opioid addiction. Nearly everyone knows someone or has a family member who is addicted or died from an opioid overdose. On this episode we meet people, young, old, and in between on the rocky…
The Poisoner's Handbook
Part of the Series: American Experience
In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. The pace of industrial innovation increased, but the scientific knowledge to detect and prevent crimes committed with these materials lagged behind until 1918. New York…
The Human Brain
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
The Human Brain, lays out the neural-biochemical nature of the brain and examines the relationship of the brain to drugs of abuse.
Drugs of Abuse
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Drugs of Abuse, shows how mind-altering drugs have been an ever-present part of human culture, the positive and negative effects of drugs of abuse and how they influence the brain and consequently affect mood and behavior.
Drugs in the Brain
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Drugs in the Brain, discusses how drugs of abuse change the most fundamental information processing networks in the brain by hijacking and changing neural networks.
Overcoming Addiction
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
The addict's brain has changed and, consequently, recovering from alcohol and substance abuse can be a long and complex process. Program 4: Overcoming Addiction shows how understanding that full-blown addiction is a brain disease is revolutionizing the definition of addiction and its treatment.
Directions for the Future
Part of the Series: The Neuroscience of Addiction
Recent discoveries by neuroscientists have changed the conversation around addiction, providing answers and raising new questions that point to new directions in understanding the brain and its relationship with drugs of abuse. Program 5: Directions for the Future, examines how the treatment of drug addiction as a brain disease is…
The Neuroscience of Addiction - Substance Abuse and Brain Science
The "War on Drugs" is almost 50 years old, with trillions of dollars spent and countless lives lost and ruined. In the 21st century, neuroscience is finally providing real tools needed to fight addiction. This incredible, comprehensive series explains and identifies the brain's various roles in addiction, how drugs of…
Out from the Shadows - The Story of Irene Joliot-Curie and Frederic Joliot Curie
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Paris Science Film Festival in France. Using newsreels, family home movies and stills, stock footage, dramatization and interviews, this biography relates the life and times of Irene Joliot-Curie and her husband, Frederic Joliot-Curie. Though less well known than those of Irene's…