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.
- 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