In 1996, Purdue Pharma launched Oxycontin, offering “smooth and sustained pain control all day.” Doctors, hospitals and patients immediately embraced the semi-synthetic opioid, making it the best-selling prescription painkiller in America, bringing in $31 billion in revenue for Purdue, and leading to widespread abuse and the opiate/heroin addiction epidemic that is now plaguing the country.
Crushed presents five young people – Jordan, Liz, Clayton, Rachel and Richard -- whose lives have been forever changed by Oxycontin. Their stories detail the nightmare of the pain relief/addiction/recovery/relapse cycle; describing how they got addicted; the drug’s effect on their lives and the people around them; what they had to do to sustain their habits; and their struggle to get clean or die. It is a provocative and intimate portrait of how Oxycontin devastates lives.
Produced by Tom Gorai and Steven Okazaki for Blackwood Entertainment Group & ShadowCatcher Entertainment, LLC