Big Pharma has a pill for everything that bothers you. This is especially true for mental illness. Awareness of conditions such as anxiety and bipolar disorder has increased dramatically and the pharmaceutical industry has seized the opportunity to capitalize on this trend. But has the medical industry been lured and duped into over-prescribing their patient population? Overpill considers this urgent concern affecting the lives of millions of people.
The film introduces us to several ordinary people who are struggling with issues related to mental health, addictions and uncertainties for their future.
A surfing surfer named Matt was put on a powerful acne medication before touching his teen. One of the most congested side effects of the drug is severe depression. He quickly developed a strong skepticism towards the pharmaceutical industry, especially when it was launched to release children. In his opinion, this fact often overlooks the underlying problems that patients face and ultimately only exacerbates their injury.
Then there was Denis, a Russian citizen who had moved to New York in the hope of launching an attractive advertising career. He found a steady job by providing pharmaceutical services and learned the company’s drug trafficking tactics inside. Once he discovered a society inundated with drugs, designed to deal with many conditions he had never heard before, his conscience did not allow him to remain silent.
From a mother whose child received a complete box of psychotropic medications for a man suffering from persistent nervous tension and physical excitement as a result of antidepressant drugs. The film represents a strict portrait and a warning from a sector of the health working with uncontrolled greed and a deliberate betrayal of the Hippocrates oath.
The problem is systematic and unlikely to change unless voices of resistance appear in the industry. Overpill presents us with such a voice, a psychiatrist who deposits toxic drugs in favor of thoughtful treatment. For him and many others who share the vision of the film, human compassion and good medical judgment continue to be the ideal approach to successful treatment.
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