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Filming "Oxyana," West Virginia Coal Town's Prescription Drug Abuse

I often write that we sidle away from problems and pain in communities under our noses, preferring instead to let struggles go unremarked. Filmmaker Sean Dunne happened across a West Virginia coal mining community thick with prescription painkiller use, dealing and trade and, now, wants to create a documentary film about it: Oxyana is an unflinchingly close focus on the anguish and horrors of a community that the rest of the country would just as soon forget...

June 21, 2012 — Cassie Rodenberg
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