Louis Th­er­oux: Dark states – Heroin town

BBC2, 9pm

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‘It’s just like a stick of dy­na­mite that’s go­ing to make me feel as good as you can pos­si­bly feel,’ ex­plains vet­eran ad­dict Nate Walsh (far right, with Louis Th­er­oux) in ex­tolling the ‘de­lights’ of heroin. His is per­haps the most hon­est voice among the drug users Th­er­oux meets in his doc­u­men­tary ex­am­in­ing the surge in opi­ate use, as he be­gins a new se­ries un­cov­er­ing the dark side of the US.

In the once-thriv­ing in­dus­trial com­mu­nity of Hunt­ing­ton – in the tri-state area where West Vir­ginia meets Ken­tucky and Ohio – the steel mills have long closed down, and in their place there is now a fever­ish trade in drugs. A lovely young woman, Katalya, is so des­per­ately in thrall to her ad­dic­tion that she can­not leave the boyfriend dealer who beats her.

Th­er­oux can only look on pas­sively at her ad­dic­tion, as he’s re­duced to a help­less cypher for the hor­ror that any­one watch­ing will feel.

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