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October 07, 2015

Documentary to address New Jersey's heroin epidemic

The makers of a documentary which aims to explore the "harsh reality" of heroin use in New Jersey are seeking $40,000 in funding for the film.

According to the site's GoFundMe page, the movie, entitled "Epidemic H," will follow a number of young users in the state who have allowed the filmmakers to follow their daily lives to show the impact of addiction.

The four filmmakers, all New Jersey natives, have witnessed the issue firsthand, according to the page:

We have seen firsthand what heroin has done to our friends, community, and our state. Through powerful storytelling and stunning visuals, we will expose addiction for what it really is: a disease. 

A teaser for the film shows the frame floating above suburban streets in the state while a narrator describes the culture of the drug. Watch it here:

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, which has partipated in the state's pilot program to distribute the drug Narcan in order to reverse the effects of an overdose, said in a Facebook post that they were proud to be a part of the film that showcases the "horrific heroin epidemic."

Currently, the film is far from its goal in terms of funding. As of Wednesday, they had only secured $2,430, some $37,670 short of the filmmakers' target.