Drug Researchers' Roundtable – Screening of Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone

New York, NY

Drug Policy Alliance's Office of Academic Engagement is excited to host a screening of Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone, followed by a special talk-back and discussion with directors Marilena Marchetti and Helen Redmond. To learn more and to watch the trailer, visit liquidhandcuffsdoc.com.


In 2017, the opioid-related overdose crisis killed 70,000 people in the US. Methadone is the most successful treatment for opioid addiction and is proven to cut the death rate by half or more. So why is it easier to get heroin than methadone?

Liquid Handcuffs: A Documentary to Free Methadone, shines a spotlight on the closed world of methadone clinics. An international cast of methadone users, activists, and healthcare providers explain the benefits and the barriers to getting the medication. And drug policy expert Deborah Small provides commentary on the politics of methadone.

The documentary explores the intersection of methadone with race, class, social control, and stigma. This is the first feature-length documentary that uses the lens of harm reduction to examine the methadone clinic system.