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“The Long Way Back… punches you in the gut with the reality of one of the most deadly and preventable diseases in the country: opioid addiction.”
Norm Bour, Newport Beach Independent

“It’s a truly powerful documentary,
and you sure as shit aren’t going to find one set to a better soundtrack.”

Matt Coker, OC Weekly

About the Film

An award-winning documentary on the life of Todd ‘Z-Man’ Zalkins and his struggle with opioid addiction. After losing his close friend Bradley Nowell of Sublime, to a heroin overdose in 1996, Todd fights for his life, battling a brutal painkiller dependency, in what has become the worst drug crisis in US history the “opioid epidemic.” Against all the odds, Todd breaks the addiction and becomes an intervention specialist. In a twist of fate, Todd is called on to help Jakob Nowell, Bradley’s son, overcome his own battle with drugs and alcohol.

Epidemic Statistics:

  • 46,000 people die every year, 3,833 people every month, 581 people a week, 126 people a day, 5.25 people die every hour from an opioid overdose.
  • There are over 1,000 ER visits for opioid overdoses every day.
  • The United States represents 4% of the world’s population and ingests 75% of all the prescription medication manufactured.
  • 12 States have more opioid prescriptions than people.
  • Overdosing is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, accounting for more deaths than traffic fatalities or gun homicides and suicides.
  • Fatal overdoses from opiate medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone have quadrupled since 1999.

“I think the public doesn’t fully appreciate the scope of the problem.”
President Obama speaking at
The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

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BUD GAUGH

Drummer- Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars

JIM “PAPA” NOWELL

Bradley Nowell’s Father

JAKOB NOWELL

Bradley Nowell’s Son, Member of LAW

OPIE ORTIZ

Artist
Musician-Long Beach Dub Allstars

JACK MANESS

Musician-Long Beach Dub Allstars

TODD “ZMAN” ZALKINS

Production Company:
Personality Crisis Films, LLC.
info@thelongwaybackfilm.com

RICHARD YELLAND

Director

MICHAEL MEEKER

Producer

BYRON WERNER

Director of Photography

MATTHEW JOHNSTON

Editor

TODD “ZMAN” ZALKINS

Writer

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