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Black Tar Heroin

An extraordinary look at two years in the lives of five young heroin addicts, Black Tar Heroin offers a rare and intimate portrait of how heroin devastates young lives. The film chronicles the daily lives of Jake, Jessica, Tracey, Oreo and Alice, three young women and two young men, ages 18 to 25, as they face the ever-present perils of hard core drug addiction–crime, prostitution, rape, incarceration, AIDS, overdoses and death. The film shows the brutality and degradation of the drug life, but also depicts the addicts’ pain and raw yearning – to get clean, to hold relationships together, to re-connect with their families, to get their lives back. Released in 1999.

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