“Generation RX” highlights the dangers of mood-altering drugs on youth
by Meaghan S. Earley
In his latest documentary “Generation RX,” local filmmaker Kevin P. Miller explores the painful (and sometimes fatal) side effects of mood-altering drugs and the impact they have on our nation’s youth.
In this timely film, Miller shows why parents who trust their doctors are quick to place their children on these drugs — and why the decision is often unwise.
“If medicine is to be trusted,” he says, “integrity and ethics must be at its core.” Miller’s ability to adequately portray life
issues in his films are due to his ability to empathize with his subjects.
“... I’ve always tried to walk a mile in the shoes of the afflicted so that I could communicate to the reader or the audience a genuine sense of their suffering and angst,” he says.
Speaking with the parents who have lost their children is heartbreaking, to say the least. But behind the pain is a story driven by common sense — something Miller hopes his film illustrates.
“When people watched [“Generation RX”], they could truly see how illogical and dangerous it is to mass-drug children with
‘speed’ or other psychiatric medicines,” he says. Miller hopes “Generation RX” will touch parents, teachers and college students alike andthat everyone will re-examine their reasons for giving children these drugs.
“If we had more ‘talking’ and behavioral therapy, and less drugging with these powerful intoxicants,” he says, “our society would be far better off.”
–Meaghan S. Earley
from CIFF Daily
an Official Publication of the Cleveland International Film Festival