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‘Heroin at Home’ series addresses dramatic increase in opiate abuse

Documentary produced by TPT, Department of Human Services premieres tomorrow

June 10, 2013

Contact:
Katie Mintz
Communications
651-431-5605

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Heroin and prescription opiate abuse is on the rise in Minnesota. Learn about the dramatic increase in abuse of the drugs and what’s being done to address it on programs airing this month on Twin Cities Public Television ( tpt ).

“Heroin at Home,” a two-part documentary produced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and tpt , will premiere 9-10 p.m. tomorrow on tpt 2 (channel 2.1). The first half-hour segment, “Heroin at Home: Rise of Opiate Use,” will delve into the history, science and social factors behind opiate addiction and heroin’s resurgence in the last few years. The second segment, “Heroin at Home: Response to Opiate Use,” will cover evolving treatment approaches for heroin use and present first-hand accounts from those in recovery.

“The toll of heroin and prescription opiate abuse is alarming,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “The numbers of lives lost, families destroyed and dollars spent are rising. At the state level we are aligning our resources to more effectively combat this growing problem, and we are grateful to tpt for partnering with us to help get the word out about this dangerous trend.”

Next week, tpt political reporter Mary Lahammer will host a town hall forum on the topic. “Heroin at Home: A Community Discussion” will broadcast live 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, from the tpt studios on tpt MN (channel 2.2). The event will include a panel discussion with law enforcement, addiction and medical experts, clips from the documentary and audience participation.

The programs complement Minnesota’s first-ever State Substance Abuse Strategy (PDF), an effort involving multiple state agencies, communities and other engaged citizens to strengthen substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery across the state.

“Heroin at Home” will replay throughout the month:

“Heroin at Home: Rise of Opiate Use”
9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 ( tpt 2 ) – PREMIERE
3 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 ( tpt 2 )
8 p.m. Sunday, June 16 ( tpt MN )
9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 ( tpt MN )
1 p.m. Sunday, June 23 ( tpt 2 )
2 a.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
8 a.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
2 p.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
8 p.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )

“Heroin at Home: Response to Opiate Use”
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 ( tpt 2 ) – PREMIERE
3:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 ( tpt 2 )
8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16 ( tpt MN )
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 ( tpt MN )
1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23 ( tpt 2 )
2:30 a.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
8:30 a.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
2:30 p.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
8:30 p.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )

“Heroin at Home: A Community Discussion”
8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 ( tpt MN ) – LIVE PREMIERE
2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 ( tpt 2 )
3 a.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
9 a.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
3 p.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )
9 p.m. Friday, June 28 ( tpt MN )


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