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Minnesota documentary addressing dramatic increase in opiate abuse finds new audiences

“Heroin at Home,” a two-part documentary produced by TPT and the Department of Human Services, has topped 100,000 views on the DHS YouTube channel. The Emmy-nominated series discusses the rise in opiate abuse—and what's being done about it—in Minnesota.

According to Daniel Pierce Bergin, Senior Producer & Partner Manager at Twin Cities Public Television, the shows are “among the most viewed TPT content on YouTube.”

First broadcast on public television in June 2013, the first half-hour segment, “Heroin at Home: Rise of Opiate Use,” delves 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,” covers evolving treatment approaches for heroin use and presents first-hand accounts from those in recovery. The broadcasts culminated in a live town hall forum, “Heroin at Home: A Community Discussion.”

“The toll of heroin and prescription opiate abuse is alarming,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said at the release of the videos. “The numbers of lives lost, families destroyed and dollars spent are rising…We are grateful to TPT for partnering with us to help get the word out about this dangerous trend.”

Tougher law, new resources add to fight against synthetic drugs

Minnesotans also have a new website to get factual information about the dangers and risks posed by the deadly substances. is designed to provide resources and information for parents, youth, educators, health care professionals and others who may encounter synthetic drugs. Visitors to can learn what types of substances, packaging and paraphernalia to look for, as well as what effects these drugs may have and how to reach out for help. The website is optimized for mobile and tablet devices. More information is available in a news release.

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