OXYANA

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WATCH ON PRESTO -

10.50PM, SBS

Pre­scrip­tion painkiller Oxy­con­tin – also known as “hill­billy heroin” – laid waste to the once-thriv­ing West Vir­ginian town of Oceana. El­derly res­i­dents get mugged for their med­i­ca­tions; there are high school girls with $800-a-day habits; for­mer min­ers turned deal­ers; and preg­nant pros­ti­tutes. Even half the new­borns in the hospi­tal need methadone due to the habits of their mums. A cautionary tale.

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