Kathryn Prescott’s ‘Dear You’ Short Film Highlights The Prevalence Of Opioid Addiction Amongst America’s Youth With …
February 20, 2018 - Finding Carter
Before essay and directing her new brief film Dear You, Kathryn Prescott had no suspicion that many people struggling from opioid addiction were underneath a age of 25. It wasn’t until a revisit to a Homeless Health Care Los Angeles substructure in downtown LA in 2013 that she beheld a map of a city tacked to a wall, scarcely lonesome in pins from corner to edge. “I asked them what a pins meant,” Prescott recalls solemnly, “and they pronounced any one stood for someone who’s life had been saved with an overdose annulment drug called naloxone. we thought, ‘wow, this many people are experiencing [opioid addiction] that now they have to discharge a annulment drug? That was unequivocally a start of me apropos meddlesome in a range of a epidemic.” It was after this, Prescott tells Bustle, that she began to demeanour into ways to lift recognition about a widespread that, according to a Center For Disease Control, is obliged for holding a lives of 115 Americans each day.
Prescott is best famous as an singer for her work in Skins and Finding Carter, so she was penetrating to use her height to lift recognition about a opioid epidemic, generally after realizing that many of a existent recognition efforts were frequency targeted during a largest age organisation battling a addiction. “I was vocalization to a health caring crony of cave about past recognition efforts, and we usually beheld a lot of them were not directed during younger people,” Prescott explains. “When they were, they were mostly display opioids and a people that use them in a stereotypical light — roughly judgmental.”
It was afterwards that Prescott motionless to change a account around how opioid obsession is portrayed by a media, and emanate something that portrayed a conflict opposite opioid abuse that many between a ages of 18 and 22 are confronting in silence. Released on Feb. 20 and written/directed by Prescott, Dear You is usually usually over 4 minutes in length — though in those 4 minutes, a brief film offers not usually a gut-wrenching, harmful demeanour into one man’s attribute with his conflict opposite opioid addiction, though also how, to people fighting any drug addiction, oftentimes a attribute they have with a drug is a many deeply insinuate attribute in their life.
Dear You offers a description of addiction, quite opioid addiction, that is unequivocally frequency seen. Prescott reveals that with a short, she set out to emanate something “that showed a tellurian story behind all a numbers and statistics of a opioid epidemic” rather than a standard PSA about obsession since “the siege and loneliness that obsession is innate out of” needs some-more light strew on it. She says she got a suspicion for a brief film featuring a male narrating a minute to his obsession after reading real-life letters from people in liberation who had combined letters to their heroin addiction.
Generally, anti-drug campaigns etch some-more graphic, earthy representations of drug’s effects on a body, and execute those who are battling obsession as rather lesser, that can be hugely deleterious to liberation efforts. As a 2017 debate called Stop The Shame from Kansas-based drug and ethanol liberation organization First Call forked out, those battling drug obsession need to be seen a same was as a studious in need of medical treatment, since a a tarnish combined by anti-drug PSAs can daunt those in need of assistance from seeking it. In Dear You, we don’t see so many as a discuss of drugs until a unequivocally end; and even then, it’s a categorical characters loneliness and feelings of siege that are many apparent.
“The suspicion that obsession is a dignified unwell or a choice has combined to a contrition and a tarnish around it,” Prescott says. “This potentially means that those pang from this find it tough to strech out for assistance since they have seen in a media, film, TV, and even in drug recognition campaigns, how people pang from obsession are reflected in this disastrous light.”
While opioid obsession is hugely prevalent among immature people between a ages of 18 and 25 (according to a investigate in 2016, risk of opioid obsession is 37 percent higher among immature adults than it’s ever been in a past), it’s not referenced in a media all that many — and not usually that, though a primary source isn’t addressed mostly either. Hearing a difference “opioid addiction,” it’s easy to usually consider of drugs like heroin as a usually source — though this isn’t a box whatsoever. According to a National Institute On Drug Abuse in 2016, the primary source of opioid obsession among people 18 to 25 is mostly medication drugs, and a struggles mostly start after someone is prescribed a absolute painkiller like hydrocodone, oxycontin, or codeine following an injury. “I’ve oral to people who have gotten dependant to opioids since of an injury,” Prescott says, “and they’ve pronounced is when you’re indeed perplexing to come off [the medication opioids], a pain gets worse than how it was to start with. When you’re perplexing to come down from opioids, your physique chemistry has changed, and it’s contingent on something that you’ve taken away. Now, not usually do we have a ongoing pain we had before, you’re now [also] going by withdrawal and worse pain.”
This, she says, feeds a infamous cycle that many might not even comprehend has influenced their lives one approach or another. Prescott says that all expel and organisation members who worked on Dear You had been influenced by opioid obsession in one approach or another, including herself. In her case, she reveals, it was her hermit who silently suffered a conflict opposite opioids following a behind damage and successive medicine that left him in ongoing pain — and, like many people whose friends and family humour opioid addiction, she says his conflict wasn’t apparent for years. “He was being prescribed impossibly clever opioids, and he was 17 during a time,” Prescott reveals. “He was in pain for years. We had no idea, that it was an addiction. As all opioids are, it was unequivocally identical to heroin. And we was unequivocally insane that we didn’t know what was going on — we usually had no suspicion that he was being prescribed these drugs again, and again, and again. Another medicine bound a tangible problem [in his back], though [the prescriptions] had turn a problem in and of itself.”
She adds that her hermit was successful in his conflict opposite opioid addiction, though there are too many who aren’t as propitious to accept a support they need. With Dear You, Prescott hopes to change that.
Prescott adds that a website for Dear You will act as an “online apparatus center” of sorts to assistance people learn some-more about a opioid epidemic, as good as offer information for those seeking assistance with an addiction, or those seeking assistance for someone else battling an addiction. It will also embody information about therapy options, that she comments is critical since mental health conditions and addictions often go hand-in-hand. “[We’re directing] people to some-more in-depth websites that have resources about where we can get counseling, where we can find a therapist, where we can find a rehab center… we’re pulling all of a resources that we know about together to indicate people in a right direction.”
Dear You is accessible to watch on a website, dearyoufilm.com.
If we or someone we know is pang from drug obsession or piece use disorder, call a Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline (SAMHSA) during 1-800-662-HELP, or locate diagnosis services here.