Drug Addiction

Co-Produced by DCTV and HBO

In blue-collar Lowell, Mass., where disappearing industry has produced high unemployment, some residents have turned to crack for relief - only to watch their dreams of a better life go up in smoke. High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell is a harrowing documentary chronicling 18 months in the lives of three crackhouse friends whose addiction has let them to crime and despair.

Dicky Eklund, Brenda, and Boo-Boo have grown up in and around Lowell. Brenda was an aspiring actress; now she resorts to prostituion to pay for her crack addiction. "I love it more than anything. More than life itself. Yet I hate it worse than anything", says Brenda. Dicki was the "Pride of Lowell" a boxer who once fought Sugar Ray Leonard. He commits robberies to support his habit. Boo-Boo has spent the last twenty years smoking crack, shoplifting, and doing whatever he has to do to stay alive.

Co-Produced by DCTV & HBO.

When you're a junkie, the money comes and goes - and so does the high. Do relationships stand a chance among addicts? Meet Matt & Tracy and Sebastian & Michelle - two NYC couples looking for love, and fixes, in all the wrong places.

A startlingly candid verité documentary, Dope Sick Love follows two drug-addicted couples as they eke out a bare-bones existence on the streets of NYC, desperately trying to score cash to pay for their next fix.

Catapulting viewers deep inside the extreme existence of these four young addicts - Matt & Tracy and Sebastian & Michelle - the 93-minute film is an unflinching experiential journey, following the couples into apartment buildings, where they shoot up in the corridors and elevators; into public toilets to smoke or inject crack; and onto the mean streets, where they brawl, hustle and prostitute - all the while trying to maintain what's left of their relationships.

Junior Rios started using heroin when he was 15.

Now 29 and the father of three children, Junior's habit costs $200 a day. When he isn't getting high, he is climbing over rooftops and through the burned-out buildings of the South Bronx, stealing what other thieves have overlooked to keep his habit going. His meager diet consists of coffee-soaked bread.

Ultimately, Junior's habit will cost him everything: his marriage breaks up, he loses his children, and eventually, his criminal lifestyle leads him to jail. Given a second chance by the judge, Junior briefly enters a drug-rehabilitation program. He is assigned to clean toilets, and runs away after two weeks.

Junior Rios started using heroin when he was 15.

Now 29 and the father of three children, Junior's habit costs $200 a day. When he isn't getting high, he is climbing over rooftops and through the burned-out buildings of the South Bronx, stealing what other thieves have overlooked to keep his habit going. His meager diet consists of coffee-soaked bread.

Ultimately, Junior's habit will cost him everything: his marriage breaks up, he loses his children, and eventually, his criminal lifestyle leads him to jail. Given a second chance by the judge, Junior briefly enters a drug-rehabilitation program. He is assigned to clean toilets, and runs away after two weeks.

Co-Produced by DCTV and HBO

In blue-collar Lowell, Mass., where disappearing industry has produced high unemployment, some residents have turned to crack for relief - only to watch their dreams of a better life go up in smoke. High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell is a harrowing documentary chronicling 18 months in the lives of three crackhouse friends whose addiction has let them to crime and despair.

Dicky Eklund, Brenda, and Boo-Boo have grown up in and around Lowell. Brenda was an aspiring actress; now she resorts to prostituion to pay for her crack addiction. "I love it more than anything. More than life itself. Yet I hate it worse than anything", says Brenda. Dicki was the "Pride of Lowell" a boxer who once fought Sugar Ray Leonard. He commits robberies to support his habit. Boo-Boo has spent the last twenty years smoking crack, shoplifting, and doing whatever he has to do to stay alive.

Co-Produced by DCTV & HBO.

When you're a junkie, the money comes and goes - and so does the high. Do relationships stand a chance among addicts? Meet Matt & Tracy and Sebastian & Michelle - two NYC couples looking for love, and fixes, in all the wrong places.

A startlingly candid verité documentary, Dope Sick Love follows two drug-addicted couples as they eke out a bare-bones existence on the streets of NYC, desperately trying to score cash to pay for their next fix.

Catapulting viewers deep inside the extreme existence of these four young addicts - Matt & Tracy and Sebastian & Michelle - the 93-minute film is an unflinching experiential journey, following the couples into apartment buildings, where they shoot up in the corridors and elevators; into public toilets to smoke or inject crack; and onto the mean streets, where they brawl, hustle and prostitute - all the while trying to maintain what's left of their relationships.

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