On Monday, HBO released its much-anticipated documentary “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA,” which follows the lives of eight addicts in the Massachusetts vacation capital.
The film’s release has been widely covered in local media. Gov. Charlie Baker, who is currently pushing for an opioid bill as it makes its way through the State House, held a screening for the film earlier this month.
The size and scope of Massachusetts’ opioid epidemic is well known, especially to those living in the state. Deaths tied to heroin topped 1,000 last year, a 63 percent bump over 2012.
“Heroin” brings an unvarnished look at that reality to the world.
On social media, reviews of the documentary, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, have been largely positive.