Louis Theroux: Dark states – Heroin town
‘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.