A late-night meeting between a father and son reveals an insidious secret lurking beneath the surface. What began as an innocent habit has led to the most deadly—and unexpected—epidemic in modern history. One conversation could mean the difference between life or death.

“Son to Son” takes a personal and unique approach to shedding light on the National Heroin and Opioid epidemic that is sweeping our country and claiming a life every 10 minutes.

Director’s Statement

When Jim Meskimen sent me the script for Son to Son, I knew immediately that this film needed to be made. With the opioid crisis becoming a national emergency, and with Americans dying from overdoses every 10 minutes, I felt this subject needed more of a spotlight and I was excited to work with Jim and Nick Lane on bringing these characters to life.

This story demonstrates the ease with which an average American citizen can become an opioid addict. It also discusses the rationale an addict has towards transitioning to heroin or another drug as these are sometimes cheaper and easier for them to obtain. The characters are faced with a very tough conversation that no father wants to ever have with his son.

It’s easy to judge, it’s easy to look at an addict or a homeless man and feel their circumstances are not our problem. In actual fact, we have to make our voices heard and get the doctors and pharmaceutical companies that are marketing these dangerous drugs to better educate their patients and help wean them off these potentially dangerous substances.

I was also shocked when I dug into more research that although the US only accounts for approximately 5% of the world’s population, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that 81% of the world’s supply of oxycodone is now consumed here in the US. That makes it our problem.