Residents In WV Town Upset Over Portrayal In Documentary Film

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Some Oceana residents are upset over the portrayal of their southern West Virginia town in a documentary about prescription pill abuse.

The film "Oxyana" chronicles the lives of people addicted to Oxycontin. Filmed by Sean Dunne, it was part of the lineup at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in March.

Resident D.J. Morgan says the vast majority of townspeople aren't addicted to prescription pills and that the pervasive drug problem isn't limited to Oceana. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Virginia has the second-highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the nation.

Morgan says the community will use the documentary as motivation to deal with the drug epidemic.