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In 2004 Dr. William Hurwitz was convicted of over 50 counts of narcotics distribution and handed a 25 year prison sentence. The documentary traces Dr. Hurwitz’s trial and eventual appeal, detailing the events that lead to his arrest. Testimonies from the witnesses in Dr. Hurwitz’s case contradict one another some revere him, while others condemn him. Taken together, their accounts reveal a profile of a compassionate yet flawed doctor. The film, in telling his story, underscores the tension between every patient’s right to pain relief and the lawful need for drug control.
His story provides a window into the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. Painkillers give doctors tremendous power to relieve pain, a primary goal of any physician, but this power begets trouble when the same drugs can lead to addiction, abuse and death. In 2016, painkiller abuse continues to skyrocket, the federal government has issued its first guidelines to control opioid prescriptions, and the investigation into Prince's death only furthers finger-pointing at Big Pharma, doctors and addicts. There could not be a more critical time to spark discussion on the topic and call for careful thought and action.
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