Heroin overdoses killed four of Michael DeLeon’s friends in just ten days; now DeLeon is using a documentary he produced to educate the public about the dangers of heroin abuse.
The documentary, Kids Are Dying, presents viewers with over 230 first-hand accounts of addiction. The movie cost DeLeon over $32,000, and started out as a public service announcement. DeLeon, a resident of Vineland, New Jersey, recorded over 140 hours of footage for the film, according to an article by the Asbury Park Press.
DeLeon is himself a former addict who spent 12 years in prison for a gang-related homicide.
Out of the 15 overdose deaths in Ocean County, New Jersey in the last month, 11 have been related to heroin, according to the Asbury Park Press. According to a new drug treatment center opening in Toms River, New Jersey, 104 people died of heroin overdose in just one county of New Jersey in 2013.