Prescription Thugs


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Film Info
Cinema Salon
Release Year:2015
Runtime:86 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Chris Bell
Produced by:Daniel J. Chalfen
Chris Bell
Greg Young
Screenwriter:Josh Alexander
Cinematography:Greg Young
Editing By:Greg Young
Music By:Joel Goodman
Executive Producer:Peter Billingsley
Joel Cheatwood
Vince Vaughn


While Americans constitute only 5% of the world’s population, they manage to consume over 75% of the world’s prescription drugs. Trying to find out just what the doctor ordered, this revealing doc from director Chris Bell ("Bigger, Stronger, Faster," TCFF 2008) takes aim at the FDA, Big Pharma, and America’s new war on drugs. Turning the camera on himself after losing his brother to prescription drugs, Bell relates a deeply personal story of his own struggle with addiction before launching an examination of a skyrocketing problem affecting the country at large. Addressing an issue that extends from Hollywood’s biggest stars to a Minnesota mom who began taking her daughter’s Adderall, Bell speaks with fellow survivors, whistleblowers, and experts to deliver a galvanizing call to arms. In Person: Director Chris Bell.