THV11 explores Ark. addiction crisis in documentary-style program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 27, 2018) – There’s a new face to drug addiction. In many cases, people around us are suffering without others even realizing.

The THV11 team has announced the airing of “Saving A Generation: The New Face of Drug Addiction,” set for this Friday, March 2nd; it’s a THV11 Special Presentation.

After months of production, the project led by anchor Laura Monteverdi looks at the drug addiction crisis in Arkansas. She has a personal connection to the epidemic, which she shares in the documentary-esque program.

Monteverdi said, “These are stories I wish I didn’t have to share, but I know I need to and I have the platform to do it. I pray it changes lives.”

In 2016, Centers for Disease Control reported that 64,000 people died of drug overdose in the United States. More than 400 were right here in Arkansas.

While the statistics can be staggering, there is hope. From Nashville, Tennessee to Lubbock, Texas, to areas all around the state, Monteverdi, photojournalist Bre Conyers, and the THV11 team look at the problem and what’s being done in the fight for a solution in the emotional, hard-hitting 30-minute program.

The THV11 Special Presentation, “Saving a Generation: The New Face of Drug Addiction,” will be available on-air and on THV11’s digital and connected TV platforms this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, a special long-form edition of the project will be available at

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