How Mutulu Shakur birthed the most progressive heroin treatment program in the US, and ended up a political prisoner?

Mia Donovan’s new film, “Dope is Death,” tells the story of how revolutionary groups brought healing to a blighted South Bronx in the 1970s. Their actions changed the approach on how to deal with heroin addiction and wellness.

One day, Canadian filmmaker Mia Donovan asked about a poster in her acupuncturist’s office. She was not prepared for the answer. It was a placard from a 1970s program enacted by young revolutionary groups the South Bronx who brought a radical program to help heroin addiction. One of the main contributors was freedom fighter Dr. Mutulu Shakur who helped developed the all-natural program centering acupuncture.

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Donovan’s film tells the story of the radical addiction program at Lincoln Hospital that intertwined political education and other therapies in a blighted section of NYC. At the center of this film is Dr. Shakur who is now a political prisoner.

We talk to Donovan whose film can be seen on Vice and is now streaming on other platforms.

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