“Heroin’s Children”, a documentary produced by Al Jazeera USA set in Chillicothe, garnered three nominations as announced recently by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences ahead of the 39th annual news and documentary Emmy Awards. The nominations included Best Story in a Newsmagazine, Outstanding Medical report and Outstanding Editing.
With “Heroin’s Children” Al Jazeera USA’s weekly program Fault Lines looked at the "invisible victims" of the country's opioid crisis - a generation of children who are being neglected, abandoned or orphaned by parents addicted to heroin.
The program’s staff traveled to Chillicothe multiple times throughout the past year to meet a teenager who lost both her parents to drugs; a mother whose heroin addiction led her to overdose in front of her young son; a grandmother unexpectedly raising four granddaughters; pregnant women struggling with addiction; and police and firefighters responding to harrowing overdose scenes.
Adena Health System played an instrumental role in helping Al Jazeera USA tell its story, with unparalleled access to Adena’s nationally-acclaimed Centering Pregnancy and Baby-Centered Recovery programs. The series included interviews with leading voices in this battle, including: Dr. John Gabis, primary care provider with Adena Family Medicine, chair of the Heroin Partnership Project (HPP) and Ross County Coroner; as well as Donna Collier-Stepp, Adena Women and Children’s Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor.
“We are grateful that this important story could get more attention,” said Laila Al-Arian, Senior Producer, Fault Lines. “The film could not have been done without the help and permission to film at Adena. I believe the scene featuring the pregnant women was extremely powerful and memorable. I hope it leads to more awareness.”
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The 39th annual news and documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, Oct. 1 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.