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School Bd/College/University DVD: $450
3yr Streaming Rights: $450


 

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 84 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2016
Available in French: No

The story of Dr. William Hurwitz - a preeminent pain specialist sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking - provides a window into the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. Painkillers give doctors tremendous power to relieve pain, a primary goal of any physician. But this power begets trouble when the same drugs can lead to addiction, abuse and death.
 
In 2004 Dr. William Hurwitz was convicted of over 50 counts of narcotics distribution and handed a 25-year prison sentence. DR. FEELGOOD traces Dr. Hurwitz's trial and eventual appeal, detailing the events that led to his arrest.
 
Testimonies from the witnesses in Dr. Hurwitz's case contradict one another - some revere him, while others condemn him. Taken together, their accounts reveal a profile of a compassionate yet flawed doctor. The film, in telling his story, underscores the tension between every patient's right to pain relief and the lawful need for drug control. There could not be a more critical time to spark discussion on the topic, and call for careful thought and action. 
 
"Illustrates the real challenges that communities continue to face in terms of addiction...Dr. Hurwitz's methods and outcomes have raised many legitimate concerns, but the challenge still remains: How can we develop prescribing policies that ensure appropriate access while at the same time prevent abuse? This documentary can help advance discussion on these important challenges." - Dr. Stephen J. Ziegler, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
 
DVD Features
DVD includes the original 84-min version and a 52-min classroom version, plus SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection.
 

Awards:
Screened at:
LA Film Festival
Austin Film Festival
Tallgrass Film Festival
 
 


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