WV Drug Film Goes Public July 1

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Associated Press

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Updated Mon, Jun 17, 2013 7:35 am

A film that has worried one southern West Virginia community for months will be available to the public through DVD sales and rental downloads July 1.

The Charleston Daily Mail says the documentary "Oxyana" by director Sean Dunne won a special jury mention at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

No one in the Wyoming County town of Oceana has seen it yet. But local residents, some state officials, a federal prosecutor and two congressmen have already denounced it.

The film focuses on the region's well-documented prescription drug abuse epidemic. Its website calls Oceana a "nightmarish dystopia" and "one of God's blind spots."

Dunne says there's an urgent need to spread awareness of the problem. He hopes the film triggers a national conversation about it.

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