MTV announced that it will premiere the new one-hour documentary “Prescription For Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis,” which tackles America’s opioid addiction epidemic, on October 11th. The film will highlight the societal forces that have contributed to the crisis, follows three young women in recovery, and will feature a frank conversation about substance use between Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore and President Barack Obama.
“I’m one of millions of Americans who has struggled with addiction and abused pain killers, and if it weren’t for treatment and recovery I wouldn’t be here today,” says Macklemore, also an executive producer of the film. “This documentary shines a light on some of the things we need to do to address this epidemic.”
The world premiere of “Prescription for Change” will take place today at the White House in conjunction with its South by South Lawn Festival. Immediately following the screening, MTV News Senior Political Correspondent Ana Marie Cox will moderate a conversation on the response to the opioid epidemic with Macklemore, National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli and other guests. The panel will be streamed live by MTV News and at the White House website.
The film will also serve as the launch for MTV Docs, a new unit of MTV dedicated to filmmaking that captures the artists and audiences that inspire MTV. “Prescription for Change” is the first of three documentaries that MTV Docs has in development for release before the end of 2016. The other two are “Transformation,” about transgender youth in Los Angeles, and a executive produced by Diplo that chronicles Major Lazer’s historic concert in Havana earlier this year.
The film will premiere on Tuesday, October 11th at 9pm ET. For additional resources on alcohol or drug abuse, visit the Half of Us website, and for additional information on the opioid epidemic, visit the Health and Human Services website.