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Steve Okazaki on "Heroin Cape Cod, USA" (12-15-15)

Dec 15, 2015|

Director Steve Okazaki discusses his new documentary "Heroin: Cape Cod, USA"

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Your news your voice the boston.com. Morning show on the voice of Boston's WRK. I know boston.com morning show various. What promises to be an incredible documentary coming out on HBO on the twenty that this month. Being debuted today. And viewed by the governor and some of his invited friends here in the Boston area and the name is heroin Cape Cod. USA and this is a story a documentary. Based on eight. Heroin addicts I believe it is me on down on the keep all of the living in the Falmouth area. And joining us to talk a little bit more about this is Stephen Hoch is out scheme and I he is the director Steven passenger group last name correctly. Yeah is thank you for joining us this morning we're so glad to be part of the show. How was this brought to your attention this issue that exist down in Cape Cod. Well I is quite limited documentary HBO. Nearly twenty years ago called black tar heroin and which followed. The heroin Gene Simmons is when it's really. Turf connecting to the aids HIV. Epidemic there and there in the age field called me up. Ask middle ground in New England there was some stories breaking about. Vermont and problems and in Maine and some well I think we ended up and keep cause there was some people there. Including that appearance group that's sort of welcome. You know that works creative. You know exposing the issues that weren't worried about. I don't know how it might affect that the image of the state or terrorism and I mean it was that bad I think people just could not ignore it. Right right. Yeah it's amazing to me that you got the access to these individuals that you did who why do you think they were so willing to come forward. Well I think. You know we took we. Sort of support my little went through your role. People saying you know. You know I think a lot of times you know Newser. You know this paper journal or assertive. Just come in hoping to get their story you know in a couple days because they've got a deadline and often they you know go through law enforcement and work through people's progressive. Which is not. The ideal way of getting trust. From the people that are using and so I mean we have the luxury of more time. Talking to a lot of people. Making sure they you know understood what it meant to be in the documentary. And humiliated me. There are a lot of kids they have some of them their boyfriends or. Appearances. Didn't want him to be in the home but there were. Enough kids who were adamant about. But talking about this certainly I think you know. It's its own. You know there's corruption has been in north ignored it and there a difference resign and and so what's really up to and we you know. You know they were of course were paid or anything and I told them you know there's. Nothing for you to gain. Except maybe in any way help from other kids and I think their motivation for coming in this. So there are eight people that you follow and the common thread through the news that their own their twenties they all live in the Falmouth area. And and they are all addicted to heroin. Is you're it did you find there was any other common thread that either got them addicted or the end result. Well I think they all. Started with prescription painkillers. You know some of you know just sort of taken from their parents Madison campus and it's. It was you know principles and you know you should try. If you take invited him in question some. It's unsolicited source spoken to or you know even should it. Several of the kids that we at least four of them. Had the injury is oh were they were taking painkillers are sustained at that time. Two of them had very serious. Car accident and one of them. Had a doctor infantry a bone break and another kind of back injury and so they were on the lobbyists for. Long periods of time. That's very dependent and he has started to experiment. Been taking more and getting heard from them I think you know for kids that age. The temptations really grade and you know opiates or. Just shockingly available only in there in nearly every home in America in people's medicine cabinet. Or in Italy Japan for a toothache for. You know we're any kind of pain and so. I mean. It's. You know I think that's the huge difference now is that. Anything started home. What was your greatest takeaways in tenth as far as the struggles they face on a daily basis what do they have to go through to kick this habit. Well. You know we had don't want only what one of the kids. One entity. During the so mean and remarkably. She's almost fifty years clean and I mean it's amazing if you fear now shall be that this screenings were having in Boston cape confidential took a different person. You know she looks like what she is you know really party. You know person with a lot of potential and I don't know for maybe. You know things that. I think is really tragic is is. You know kids are just in general really all aboard the at the age where you know most people's kids start experimenting with drugs from fourteen that's when he. You know they're you know as as we know there you know their brains are still developing their bodies are still developing. And you know. They're prone to depression or that there is feeling you know isolated in. Feeling disconnected from family Phillips. You know it's hard enough just in that agent and you know. Going through your teens but on this drug comes along. That seems still you know through all those problems for the moment you don't you know. You know you're trouble sort of go away and they have this sense of purpose I mean it's supposed to be you know it's. I mean for me watching it I mean I'm I'm just you know I can sort. You can understand you know that draw. You know drug that that the nation builder but the that they lead you know. Vicious cycle of having an awful lot of money having been you know. Having negated drugs every single day. I mean he you do you concede the drugs power there only to see how it you know takes over your life. That's something. It's very hard for other people understand although you know most of us. You know have our you know know what addiction is about you know any you know smoke cigarettes are you know I don't know. Chocolate chip ice cream or whatever. Let me ask you Stephen wife Falmouth Y to keep why is this issue so prevalent there. Well I think it's you know its prevalence. In a lot of places throughout New England certainly. It's Harlem. Their problems all over the United States but particularly. Minnesota Wisconsin. What Trojan. Both new England and particularly I my feeling is you know there's these. A lot of kids. And you know whip. Or forward you know and it's. And there are you know you've got a lot of though it's it's. It's hard to say I think you know it's it's just the very vulnerable. Population that at this point in time and that this kind of drug scene has not been in these areas. And may be a law enforcement you know. Not quite able to handle it bowler you know I think they are you know you know they can't help it but you know I think. Something you know enormously what percentage of crime in the case is in a drug related right now. So you know it's it's like he it's not believe an explorer and in. It's important speaking now. Right and and certainly we're hoping that this documentary brings to light the issue for those who are not aware of just how bad it is. We've been talking with Academy Award winning director Stephen Urquhart. Okazaki and we thank you so much for joining us the name of the documentary is harrowing Cape Cod USA and it debuts on HBO. Coming up on December the 28 Stephen thanks again. It. 846 and the WRKO boston.com morning show.