Heroin Documentary | Where Do I Start?
by Mary Beth
My community is small; as of the last census in 2010, the total population was about 2,069 people. It's a quiet, peaceful community, but even here heroin has found a way to latch in its nasty claws, and has taken the lives of many of our youth.
In 2014 alone there were 26 heroin-related deaths in my county; last year a girl overdosed in the middle of class on heroin after shooting up in the bathroom.
My documentary will seek to uncover the reasons why youths in particular in my community are drawn to drugs, heroin specifically. It will address the pros and cons of rehab, and will question why some people relapse shortly after leaving rehab. I hope to critique the strategies implemented in my community to deal with drugs and keeping kids out of drugs, and raise questions about the social implications about using heroin and the apathy sometimes displayed by people towards drug addiction in general.
I hope that my documentary can shed light on the heroin epidemic in my community and also act as the proper impetus to bring positive change toward and raise conversation about drug use in my area.
The only thing is, I'm not sure where to start.
I feel that this particular topic is a very controversial, emotional, and powerful one, and it's a lot to take on for a sophomore in high school.
I've done a lot of research on heroin, both the history of the drug and the current statistics available. I plan on interviewing my fellow students, individuals on my hometown's anti-drug task force, and individuals involved in community events about heroin and how they feel our community has been affected by it. I'd like to maybe interview a past or even current heroin user and also someone who works with recovering heroin addicts in a rehab facility.
I think I have all necessary equipment...I have access to a camcorder and video editing software. I have a firm support system in place, and a lot of excitement about my future production.
Is there anything I'm missing? Maybe anything I could improve? I'm open to anything :) And, like I said before, it's a big project, and I'm not entirely sure where to start.