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Prescription for Abuse (2012)

About the Film and Testimonials

December 22, 2011

About the Filmmaker

About Ethan MorrisEthan Morris is the Executive Producer of Public Affairs at KCTS where he oversees local broadcasts including weekly programs, specials, town halls and investigations. Before coming to KCTS, he was the Senior News Producer at KOMO-TV in Seattle and a special commentator for ABC’s World News Now on Northwest news stories and issues. He has won three Emmy Awards, three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the National Edward R. Murrow for coverage of the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake.

About the Reporter

About Carol SmithCarol Smith is editor and co-founder of InvestigateWest, a regional nonprofit journalism studio focused on the environment, public health and government integrity. A long-time print reporter, she was nominated for a 2010 Emmy award for her work on healthcare workers who handle chemotherapy. She won the 2009 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her work on mental illness, and was a 2006 finalist for the PEN Literary awards. In addition, her investigative work has been honored by the Blethen Awards, and she was co-finalist for Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Journalism.

Featured in the Film

Dr. Rosemary Orr

Dr. Rosemary OrrDr. Rosemary Orr lost her son, Robin, to an overdose of OxyContin and cocaine in 2005. After his death, she helped create P.R.O.P., Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, which is dedicated to promoting cautious, safe and responsible opioid prescribing practices

Caleb Banta Green

Caleb Banta GreenCaleb Banta Green is an epidemiologist with the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. His research has tracked a surge in prescription drug abuse and overdoses in Washington during the last 10 years, and a corresponding increase in heroin use.

Gina Grappone

Gina GrapponeGina Grappone is the Executive Director of SAMA, the Science and Management of Addictions, dedicated to eradicating substance abuse of all kinds among youth. SAMA offers treatment and support for young people and their families dealing with the disease of addiction.

Dr. Russell Carlisle

Dr. Russell CarlisleDr. Russell Carlisle is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department for Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill campus, where he implemented the “Oxy-Free ED” program, which tries to reduce the amount of opioids prescribed by emergency room physicians. The program has spread to six other Swedish campuses, and 50 hospitals across the country.

Gil Kerlikowske

Gil Kerlikowske Gil Kerlikowske is the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, who calls prescription drug abuse the fastest growing drug problem in the nation and an epidemic.