Do No Harm

Do No Harm The Opioid Epidemic

Based on the National Public Television three-part mini series, Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic follows author and director, Harry Wiland as he works to unearth the history and truth behind America’s rampant opioid crises, and investigates how this crisis ballooned into an epidemic fueled by Big... more

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Based on the National Public Television three-part mini series, Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic follows author and director, Harry Wiland as he works to unearth the history and truth behind America’s rampant opioid crises, and investigates how this crisis ballooned into an epidemic fueled by Big Pharma’s ploys, the medical community’s obliviousness, and policymakers lack of oversight.

The Opioid Epidemic is the worst man-made epidemic in the history of our nation. More people die each year from an opioid overdose than in automobile accidents. The statistics are staggering. Do No Harmspotlights experts, journalists, and public health crusaders who are combating the special interests of Big Pharma and informing the world on how an aggressive pharmaceutical mass marketing campaign for the new drug OxyContin misled doctors and the public into our current crisis of death and addiction.

Wiland highlights the stories of those hit hardest by prescription opioid addiction and overdose death, and sheds light on how whole communities have been ravaged by the spread of addiction. Despite regional health experts, local government, law enforcement, journalists, and the DEA’s efforts to combat the epidemic, people continue to die at an alarming rate from prescription drug overdoses.

The chapters of this book chronical this epidemic in all its complexity from many perspective including the plight of the millions of Americans who suffer from opioid addiction. People, young and old on the rocky road to recovery, tell their harrowing stories, current victories and on-going struggles with the disease.


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Harry Wiland, Co-President and Co-CEO of Media Policy Center (MPC) (, with a MFA in Film & Television from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is the Co-Executive...more


Do No Harm . . . is going to be essential to educating the public about the harms of the opioid epidemic, its roots and what they can do about it.

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, The American Public Health Association

Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic rightfully exposes the opioid lie we have been living in America for decades… It’s time to help our communities heal and recover.

Greg Williams, Executive Vice President, Facing Addiction with NCADD

"Do No Harm does an excellent job of defining the causes and conditions resulting in one-quarter of a million deaths due to use of opioids - the main takeaway is that opioids are NOT the proper solution for the treatment of chronic pain.”

Mel Pohl, M.D., DFASAM, Chief Medical Officer, Las Vegas Recovery Center

“The persistent yet changing landscape of the epidemic is testament to the profound effects that an opioid has on its users, whether through its exacerbation of pain, the search for the next best high, or the craving caused by addiction. Do No Harm presents this disturbing but important story.”

Lewis S. Nelson, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

"Appreciate you and your Media Policy team’s enormous efforts that align and certainly support our shared public, community, and political education mission."

David Tauben M.D., Chief of Pain Medicine, University of Washington

“The government calls this an emergency. Families call it a plague! The White House says that the opioid epidemic now costs the U.S. Economy $504 billion a year. The time for action is now."

Bob Elliott, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, San Diego

“Do No Harm illustrates the unvarnished truth on how the medical profession and public were 'duped' into creating an epidemic that could have been prevented.”

Bob Dorris, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, San Fernando Valley, CA

“Do No Harm unflinchingly exposes the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the creation of the current opioid epidemic, while also compassionately probing the suffering of its victims ... who include not only those who have died or become addicted to opioids, but their grieving parents and orphaned children left behind.”

Anna Lembke, Assoc Prof-Med Ctr Line, Stanford University

“Do No Harm shows us the terrible pain, and who’s to blame, but also gives us hope with recovery strategies, not just for individuals, but for the nation.”

Richard J. Jackson, Professor of Environmental Health, UCLA School of Public Health

“Education is the strongest tool for prevention, and Do No Harm is the best (or strongest) film I have seen in battling this epidemic.”

Jane C. Ballantyne, Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington

“Every clinician who prescribes opioids for chronic pain needs to watch this program. Until we are honest about the harm that has been done, and the role of well intentioned physicians in fueling the devastating epidemics of prescription drug addiction and overdose, we cannot begin to turn this problem around.”

Michael Von Korff, Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA