Substance Abuse

Introduction to the Smoking Section

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New York Voices looks at the battle over fresh air in bars and restaurants. For reasons concerning public health, states all over the country are beginning to ban smoking in public places. For example, in 2003, New York State became the third state to stamp out cigarette smoking in virtually all businesses. Legislation ended smoking in certain restaurants, bars and other public places. Smokers describe when they began to smoke and why, how they feel about smoking and how they are viewed as smokers by others. Learn more about the controversy regarding banning smoking in The Smoking Section, another video in this series.

Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction

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“Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction” is a special investigative project on the destructive epidemic of opioid addiction, produced by advanced journalism students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

For about four months, dozens of students throughout the school crisscrossed the state to produce a multimedia investigation into Arizona’s—and the country’s—dependence on prescription pain medication and the toll addiction takes on families and patients. The project includes: 

● A 30-minute investigative documentary to be aired Jan. 10 by every Arizona television station and most of the state’s radio outlets. The broadcast was shot and reported by a team of students led by chief videographer Sean Logan under the direction of Cronkite professor Jacquee Petchel. Assistant Dean Mark Lodato and Cronkite News television production manager Jim Jacoby assisted in production. 

● More than two dozen stories, graphics and videos on "Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction." Cronkite News digital reporters, led by professor of practice Christina Leonard and students in Petchel’s Depth Reporting class, produced the digital content focusing on doctors, addicts, rehabilitation, pills and taking action. 

● Cronkite News digital production and social media students, led by professors of practice Rebecca Blatt and Jessica Pucci and student Hope Flores, put the website together, and developed and executed the social media plan. Cronkite News developer Bhuvan Aggarwal designed and built the website.

 ● 360-degree video produced by students in the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, led by professor of practice Retha Hill.

 ● The Public Insight Network, directed by Theresa Poulson, found sources throughout Arizona who were willing to share their stories with reporters.

 ● Communications students in the Cronkite Public Relations Lab, under the direction of professor of practice Mark Hass and Sonia Bovio, developed a strategic communication plan and organized an advocacy campaign designed to inform young people on campus and across the state about the dangers of opioid abuse.

 ● Hospital emergency department data was obtained from the Arizona Department of Health Services and analyzed by Professor and Knight Chair in Journalism Steve Doig.

“Hooked Rx” follows in the footsteps of the award-winning "Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona," a 2015 documentary that was also broadcast on all Arizona television stations. It was awarded the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and launched a nationwide campaign by the National Association of Broadcasters to combat opioid abuse.

 - Kevin Dale, executive editor, Cronkite News at Arizona PBS

High Risk High | Interview - Heather Jackson

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Jackson speaks about her images of alcoholics and addicts when she was younger and how her perception has changed to include herself with those groups. She also speaks about her genetic predisposition toward addiction and how she worries about her daughter’s future.

Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs

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You might think that only some types of people can get addicted to drugs. The truth is, it can happen to anyone, whether you're young or old, rich or poor, male or female. This video from NIDA explains addiction in simple terms and offers a hotline to help you or a loved one find treatment.

Advertising Cigarettes | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

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The theory of chemical carcinogenesis, and the link between tobacco consumption and disease, was unknown for a large part of the 20th Century. Advertisements for tobacco skyrocketed after World War I, resulting in an unprecedented increase in lung cancer.

Tough Love | Desperate Decision

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Patrick talks about why he placed his daughter into Child Care Protection.

The documentary film Tough Love chronicles the separate journeys of Patrick Brown, a single, white father in Seattle, and Hasna "Hannah" Siddique, a newly married Bangladeshi-born mother of two in New York City, as they fight to make their families whole again after their children were taken from them due to neglect. Through intimate, vérité footage, we witness firsthand the complex bureaucracy of America's child welfare system and the powerful role that poverty and other challenges play in keeping parents and children apart.

Scientific Proof | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

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It wasn't until the 1940s that scientists were finally able to prove the health hazards of smoking.

Clip #2 | Real Boy Film Module

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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film Real Boy, trans teenager Bennett talks to friend Joe Stevens, a trans folk singer, about trying to grow a beard and how to groom it when it finally does come. Bennett may just have “one chin hair at the moment” but Joe does give him a nifty new haircut as they talk about how they had “girls’ haircuts” forced on them as kids.

Politicians Struggle with Opioid Epidemic in New Hampshire | PBS NewsHour

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Find out why politicians campaigning in New Hampshire are focusing on drug abuse with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from January 6, 2016.

Real Boy | Film Trailer

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A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward understanding that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett.

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