Documentary examines Minnesota heroin use


Twin Cities Public Television on Tuesday night will air the first in a two-part series on heroin use in Minnesota.

TPT partnered with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to produce the hour-long documentary "Heroin at Home," to be broadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The documentary examines "the recent rash of the deadly drug and its relationship to the rise in marketing, use and abuse of opiate-based prescription painkillers," tpt says.

TPT is also hosting a related town hall forum focusing on the rise and response to heroin use in Minnesota, to be broadcast live from at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18.

The use of heroin in Minnesota is dramatically increasing. Officials face a three-part problem, the Star Tribune reported last week: The drug is cheap, readily available and deadlier than ever. A report released earlier this year chronicled the problem in the Twin Cities. "Once I started heroin, everything just fell apart." a 20-year-old former heroin user told KARE 11 as part of a special report in February. "All I cared about was getting high."

Here's a preview of the tpt special:

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