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Reel America: History of Heroin - 1972

Nat'l Institute of Mental Health Documentary

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A Frame from the Documentary "The Distant Drummer"

Washington, DC
Sunday, March 16, 2014

This twenty-two minute documentary traces the history of opium and the development of heroin. The film depicts how organized crime transports the drug to the United States,  the problems of heroin addiction, and a history of government strategies for combating the problem. Sponsored by George Washington University & the National Institute of Mental Health, “The Distant Drummer: Flowers of Darkness” is narrated by actor Paul Newman. The film is followed by a February 2014 C-SPAN Washington Journal clip regarding heroin abuse.

Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 5:50pm (ET)

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