From giant, bustling cities to quaint, sleepy small towns, the opioid epidemic has touched nearly every corner of the U.S., with the problem growing at an alarming rate.
To shed light on this epidemic and its impact of American families, Edinboro University’s Social Work Department and the Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting a 5-part viewing and discussion of SHOWTIME’s original “The Trade” – a 5-episode docu-series that spotlights the crises through growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement.
“We hear stories almost every day about this crisis in the United States,” said Dr. Kathleen Dailey, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. “Our goal is to put faces to the epidemic and engage the community in discussion about the effects of this national issue.”
Representatives from Erie-based non-profit organization Gaudenzia, Inc., a co-dependency and chemical dependency treatment center, will also be on hand during the series to lend perspective from local officials.
Several academic departments will host panel discussions regarding the nightly topic from each perspective. The series schedule includes:
Monday, Sept. 17: Episode 1 – A documentary look inside America's heroin crisis. In Mexico, Don Miguel struggles to control the local poppy fields. In Ohio, Det. Edwards closes in on a heroin dealer. In Atlanta, Skyler moves home to get clean. Series premiere. Moderator: Dr. Elaine Rinfrette, Social Work
Tuesday, Sept. 25: Episode 2 – Don Miguel responds to a shooting as drug-related violence in Mexico continues to rise. In Columbus, Det. Edwards investigates the overdose death of a young mother. Nearby in Dayton, Richard struggles with his daughter's addiction. Moderator: Elizabeth Gillette, Nursing
Wednesday, Oct. 3: Episode 3 – A trafficker in Juarez explains how heroin makes it into the U.S. as Mexican Federal police attempt a bust. In Columbus, Agent James starts tracking the drug supply back to its source. In Atlanta, John hits the street to feed his habit. Moderator: Dr. David Pugh, Social Work
Thursday, Oct. 11: Episode 4 – Don Miguel celebrates a birthday as Mexican Federal police crackdown in Guerrero. In Columbus, Agent James locates a missing suspect who may be the key to his case. Meanwhile in Akron, Laura and Dan convince their son to enter rehab. Moderator: Dr. Wayne Hawley, Psychology
Monday, Oct. 15: Episode 5 – In Columbus, Sergeant Smith zeroes in on a dealer who's mixing heroin with Fentanyl. In Mexico, Don Miguel finds himself trapped in the drug trade. Back in Atlanta, Skyler signs himself up for long-term treatment. Series finale. Moderators: Dr. Sam Claster, Sociology; Mr. Kevin Barber, Gaudenzia, Inc.
A recent report from Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program shows a 12 percent decrease in opioid prescriptions in the last quarter of 2017. However, the amount of opioid-related deaths is still on the rise, with Pennsylvania ranked No. 4 in the U.S. for drug-related deaths in 2017.
“The Trade,” which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in February, was directed by Matthew Heineman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “Cartel Land.”
All film viewings and discussions are open to the public and will be held from 7-9 p.m., in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center’s Multipurpose Room (Exception: Oct. 11, Pogue Room 143). “The Trade” is recommended for mature audiences only.