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HELENA HANSEN: Making “Managing the FIx,” a documentary on race, class, and addiction pharmaceuticals
April 6, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Making “MANAGING THE FIX,” a documentary on race, class, and addiction pharmaceuticals
A talk by Helena Hansen, M.D.
Helena Hansen, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Dr. Hansen is also a documentary film- maker. Her most recent film is “Managing the Fix,” a documentary on race, class, and addiction pharmaceuticals. The film follows three people in New York City as they go on and off of opioid medications (methadone and Suboxone) and navigate the fragmented public addiction treatment system, raising questions about the ontological and pragmatic implications of treating opiate addiction with long term opioid maintenance. Using interviews with addiction researchers, policymakers, pharmaceutical executives and historians, as well as archival footage, the film reconstructs the historical enmeshment of addiction pharmaceuticals with racial politics and the War on Drugs.