Documentary aims to break down stigma and promote dialogue about Indiana’s opioid crisis

A free screening of the documentary Addict's Wake will take place at the Indiana Historical Society at 5:30 p.m.  A round table will follow the screening.  - Courtesy of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

A free screening of the documentary Addict’s Wake will take place at the Indiana Historical Society at 5:30 p.m. A round table will follow the screening.

Courtesy of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield


A documentary film crew in Indiana hopes to reduce addiction stigma. The film, The drug addict’s awakeningis set in Brown County and shines a light on the opioid epidemic in Indiana.


The documentary was filmed in 2019 and 2020 and focuses on how opioid addiction affects individuals, families and communities. Producer Lisa Hall said the documentary is about hope.


“I believe this is the first step towards healing communities,” Hall said. “And it’s all over our country. It is a national pandemic of great magnitude.


Hall hopes the film will facilitate discussions about substance use and addiction.


“If we don’t tell these stories, we’re not going to be healthier,” Hall said. “Things need to be brought to light, communities need to shine a light on their pain and the struggle and battle of addiction so that the community can be healthier as a whole.”


Hall is working on a new version of the documentary for students which will be released in 2023.


“We have this interest, an outcry for this educational version, something that will really help prevent that,” Hall said.


Lissi Lobb hopes to get as many Hoosiers as possible to watch the film. Lobb is the behavioral health program director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which has hosted screenings statewide.


“Brown County is our neighbors,” Lobb said. “It’s not, you know, somewhere far, far away from us. No, we are affected by it every day.


Overdose deaths in Indiana have reached record highs. Indiana had the 13th highest number of overdose deaths in the country in 2020, according to the US Centers for Disease Control. An estimated 2,755 Hoosiers died of drug overdoses last year, which experts largely attribute to the ubiquity of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.


The following free screening of The Addict’s Wake will take place at the Indiana Historical Society on Thursday, November 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A round table will follow the screening.


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