Heroin Epidemic in North Carolina, New One-Hour WRAL Documentary: Searching for a Fix

Premieres Tuesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

WRAL Doc: Searching for a FixHeroin is no longer a back-alley drug. It’s mainstream, in your neighborhood, and in homes just like yours. The path from prescription opioids like Oxycodone and Percocet to cheaper and more readily available heroin is a dangerous one. In the new WRAL Documentary “Searching for a Fix,” North Carolina’s addiction epidemic is told in stunning first-person accounts. This powerful hour-long documentary premieres on TV, web and streaming devices Tuesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

Emergency medical personnel and law enforcement officers deal daily with overdose cases. WRAL Documentary Photojournalist Jay Jennings saw this first hand, riding along with a crew on a typical day. “To be inches away from an overdose victim, literally brought back from the brink of death, is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen in my life,” said Jennings.

Searching for a Fix” goes beyond the overwhelming statistics to tell intimate, personal stories of how this problem affects real people and devastates families just like yours in every corner of North Carolina. “In all of my years of documentary production, they were the most gut-wrenching and deeply personal interviews I’ve ever done. They were emotional, moving and eye-opening,” said WRAL Documentary Producer Clay Johnson.

Recovery experts and policymakers also discuss the search for a fix to this crisis.

Statewide Broadcast Schedule

  • WRAL-TV/Raleigh – Tuesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
  • WILM-TV/Wilmington – Tuesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
  • WRAZ-TV/Durham – Saturday, August 5 at 1 p.m.

Preview & Bonus Materials
Go to the WRAL Documentary: Searching For A Fix page for a video preview and other bonus materials such as:

  • RAW Video: Naloxone brings man back to life from overdose
  • Video: Mom reads letter written by her daughter before fatal overdose

Also, get insights into the program from WRAL Documentary Producer Clay Johnson in his Producer Blog.

Searching for a FixOther Ways to Watch

  • Watch on-demand at WRALdocumentary.com any time after the premiere television broadcast on August 1.
  • You can also watch on WRAL’s Roku, Amazon Fire TV and AppleTV apps.

Social Media
Follow WRALdoc on twitter and facebook. Participate using #NCopioidcrisis. Join this public facebook group to share your story.

WRAL Documentary is one of the only dedicated documentary units in local TV. Its mission is to provide in-depth coverage of topics and issues relevant to North Carolinians.

Thanks to WRAL-TV for this capcom story & for these capcom graphics.

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