The heroin crisis. It’s out of control.

Up until about 20 years ago, heroin and opiate overdoses were almost unheard of—relegated to a small circle of artists and celebrities who turned to self-medication to silence their inner demons.

Now overdoses are happening every minute of every day, and someone dies in this country about every 10 minutes.

Today, drug overdose deaths exceed gun homicides, car accidents and suicide. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.

How did we get here? And how can we stop it?

That’s exactly what Chasing Hope explores.

Chasing Hope: Solving the Opioid Crisis is a documentary series that I wrote, produced and directed. The first in the series is a 40-minute educational film for middle and high school students. You can watch the first 5 minutes here and view the entire film for free on the Chasing Hope website. There’s even a discussion guide you can download to talk about the film with your students, kids, friends and family.

You can also learn more about the project on the Facebook Page.