Cottonland

Cottonland

  • Canada
  • 53
  • STC

In Glace Bay, Nova Scotia an epidemic of addiction to the prescription drug OxyContin has emerged from a stagnant economy and high unemployment. Glace Bay has become known to police and users as Cottonland, street slang derived from the name OxyContin. The drug is dubbed “hillbilly heroin” because it is less expensive to buy than heroin and more available in rural areas. This documentary is seen through the eyes of Eddie Bachanan, an ex-prescription-drug addict. He talks openly about the destruction of his family because of his and his wife’s dependency. He speaks with two former addicts who talk about the hold the drug had on their lives. Bachanan also talks to Tommy, a friend still in the throes of addiction, capturing unsettling images of a man on the edge. Cottonland provides a raw look into the decimation of a community. Hubert Davis

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