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Desc:Ultra-bleak full documentary about pill abuse, poverty and implosion in West Virginia.
Category:Crime, Horror
Tags:drugs, west virginia, fuck this gay earth, misery porn
Submitted:violenza
Date:06/24/15
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EvilHomer
My friend's mom OD'd on oxys a few years back; died on Christmas eve. The biggest irony was that she was a former heroin junkie who'd abused just about every drug on the market - the crack and the meth couldn't kill her, but the prescription pain pills did.

I don't know if you can blame *all* of these problems on oxys. The way Mr Motorhead was describing his hometown, sounds like the way the rest of the country is, because "that's America". There's definitely an element of breathlessly exploitative spectacle to this documentary so far, which is to be expected but also a shame, as I think an accurate picture of how this town works would be both more interesting and more instructive than an editorialized one.

Like for example, a number of Oxyana natives spoke out about this film in protest {1}. In the comments section, one former resident, who is on the pro-film, Oxyana-sucks side of the debate, makes the following statement:

"They [residents] complained drug deals and prostitution were being conducted in the open, even at the McDonalds drive-thru (which I never saw or believed). "

This is actually fairly common behavior. Fast food drive-thrus are a great place to conduct drug deals, and I've personally seen it happen in some of the most white-bread parts of southern Connecticut, a region famed for it's upper-middle-class affluence. As an anecdote, it's no more shocking than saying Oxyana has its own Wal*Mart.

So how bad is Oxyana, really? Have their been any independent studies on the town?


{1} http://wvmetronews.com/2013/05/07/oxyana-gets-bad-review-from-ocea na-resident/
CrazyBlueRocket
Ive covered a lot of ground, living in the states, and my experience so far is everyone lives within 45 minutes of a place like this. Would have watched more, and maybe I missed the point, but it just seems like rural America to me.

ashtar.
"I don't know if you can blame *all* of these problems on oxys."

I blame ICP.

fedex
I can kind of understand how someone could OD on Oxy, but it's a measured dose. Once you know your tolerance you kind of stay in your safety zone. To OD you'd wlamost have to do it on purpose, or be so drunk you forgot you took two pills an hour ago etc. It's %1000 easier on street smack because you have no idea how potent or non-potent it is until you run it, and by then it's too late (see: Philip Seymour Hoffman, etc)

The Mothership
I would have liked to have seen more investigation as to why specifically oxy became the drug of choice in this town (instead of meth, for example), and also heard some more balanced and varied perspectives. This is a fascinating character study, but it raises more questions than answers.
SolRo
Oxy is a great gateway drug for the middle class.

You get some for "free" from a doctors visit that your insurance covered, get hooked, then blow all your money to get your fix...some just transition to regular street drugs eventually, because they're so much cheaper.

The Mothership
Lecture me not on the middle-class attractions to prescription painkillers.

Scrimmjob
Well, that was fucking depressing. 5 stars!
Void 71
I grew up in a 'holler' like this in eastern Tennessee back when there were still jobs for working-class people in Appalachia. My home town didn't go the route of this place, but it has definitely seen an increase in people living below the poverty line, as well as an overall decrease in population like most small towns in Appalachia. Once you leave, there's no reason to come back. It's not like when some upper-middle-class suburban kid goes off to college, maybe lives in the city for a while, and then comes back home when he decides to have kids. There's no opportunity in this area of the country anymore, which is a shame since it's so geographically beautiful. I was amazed at how flat and boring most of America was after I left and started to travel a bit. It took me a while to get used to the almost complete lack of atmosphere.
Anaxagoras
"Movie the-ayters"

Funny accent aside, these are some of the dumbest, most ignorant motherfuckers I've ever seen. "Ah don't know how this whole thing started" Well lady, there are these things called "books" and "academic papers" that explore that very issue!
Anaxagoras
Also: "I hate for y'all to be around this, because not everybody is like this. Honest!" < Pause > Next sentence: "Everybody is on it. EVERYBODY."

Jesus Christ. These people technically speak English, but it's like they're unaware that the words that come out of their mouths have certain meanings.

Void 71
I still say theater like that, and Yankee accents still sound really strange to me even though I've lived north of the Mason-Dixon for 15 years. In the end, we all speak a bastardized version of the real thing.

ashtar.
Anaxagoras, are you doing some sort of character schtick? Because, fuck.

Anaxagoras
In my defense, those comments were posted after watching the first couple minutes of the doc.

By about the 15 minute mark, the full depression of their situation kicked in, and my contempt for their stupidity kinda evaporated.

Also, I hadn't realized that most of 'em were high during their interviews. So... umm... yeah. I'm not exactly lucid when I'm high either.

gravelstudios
Yay. My home state.
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