Yesterday I watched the movie Perfect High. Perfect High sheds light on the growing epidemic of opioid addiction. It provides insight into how recreational use of prescription opioids can quickly escalate into a disastrous opioid addiction. Particularly, Perfect High focuses on the prevalence of opioid addiction among teenagers. The storyline of this movie centers around the plight of the main character Amanda. Amanda comes from a traditional family with two great parents, she is an exceptional high school student, and is a talented dancer and flourishing member of her school’s dance team. After suffering a knee injury, Amanda is prescribed Hydrocodone. Initially Amanda takes her medication as prescribed, but after befriending Riley she begins using her prescription medication recreationally. Riley attended the same high school as Amanda and was no stranger to abusing prescription medication. Riley convinced Amanda that abusing prescription medication was a great way to relax and have fun. Amanda began regularly abusing prescription opioids with Riley, Riley’s boyfriend Nate, and Riley’s brother Carson; all students at the same high school. Each were exceptional students with great families and bright futures ahead of them. Carson had recently been accepted to Florida State University.
The teenagers frequently used opioids at parties, at school, and at random times when they felt like relaxing and having fun. At this point, their opioid abuse was glamorized as cool and harmless fun. Evidence of addiction surfaced when the teenagers began having withdrawal symptoms when they were not actively taking opioids; nausea, vomiting, muscle cramping, agitation, etc. The teenager’s addiction triggered them to engage in different methods for consuming the drugs that were cheaper and yielded a quicker, longer high. They progressed from taking pills orally, to smoking the pills, to snorting the pills, to snorting heroin, to shooting up heroin. At this point, the teenagers were completely addicted to heroin. Amanda could no longer function well enough to dance and was stripped of her position on the school’s dance team. Carson was no longer thinking about attending Florida State University. Heroin had taking over their lives and they were completely consumed with finding their next high. Tragedy struck when Riley died from a Heroin overdose. Riley’s death propelled Amanda to confess her addiction to her parents. She attended rehab and began on a road to recovering from her addiction. See the trailer
The sad thing about this movie is that although it was not based on a true story, it was based on true events. This is the story of many people suffering from opioid addiction. Teenagers are many times uneducated about the devastating consequences of abusing prescription medications, which makes them frighteningly susceptible to the pitfalls of opioid addiction.