Philip Seymour Hoffman

Documentary looks at the bravery and despair on the front lines of America's deadly drug epidemic

Documentary looks at the bravery and despair on the front lines of America's deadly drug epidemic

The police radio echoes like an eerie chorus through the streets of a broken place.

“It’s sad when you can drive around the city and say, ‘Oh, somebody died there, somebody died there.’ But that’s the reality of this area,” says Jan Rader, the fire chief in Huntington, W.Va. “I fear we’ve lost a couple of generations.”

That is the lament of “Heroin(e),” a new Netflix documentary by Elaine McMillion Sheldon that burrows into the opioid and heroin epidemic that has torn through families in a city where the wayward and the young are too often fitted into coffins.

Rader is one of the film’s three heroines who refuse to let their town succumb to a national scourge of drug...

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