InvestigateTV Releases ‘Licensed To Pill’ Doc
Raycom Media’s InvestigateTV OTT app has produced a documentary focused on victims of the opioid crisis and the doctors who abuse the system for their own gain. Licensed to Pill will air in every Raycom Media TV market.
InvestigateTV is the result of a collaboration involving a local broadcaster, a nonprofit newsroom and a top journalism school, all invested in the importance of quality investigative work. The app showcases longer-form reporting from Raycom Media as well as a select group of partners including ProPublica, News21 at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and NerdWallet.
Raycom Media’s Licensed to Pill is a one-hour special that exposes doctors betraying patients by prescribing addictive opioids to line their own pockets. Some called them drug dealers in white coats.
Licensed to Pill follows up on extensive investigations aired over the past year, during which time a federal raid, charges against doctors and action by Congress were all realized.
“Our national investigative unit worked tirelessly to expose the abuses in the system, and we want to do our part to inform our local consumers,” said Pat LaPlatney, Raycom president-CEO. “It’s a nationwide epidemic, and it’s happening in our own backyards. This documentary will air in more than 50 markets in August.”
“Our investigative team spent nearly a year analyzing millions of records and thousands of doctors,” said Raycom Media Director of Investigations Lee Zurik. “The result is a first-of-its-kind examination that got results.”
A full list of Raycom Media stations and other markets airing the documentary can be found here.
The documentary, along with several other investigations, can also be found on InvestigateTV, Raycom Media’s OTT app.
InvestigateTV is available right now on Roku and will be released to other digital streaming services soon. Viewers can search “InvestigateTV” to find the app on their Roku devices. InvestigateTV will be added to Amazon Fire later this year. InvestigateTV is on Facebook and Twitter (@investigatetv), and more information can be found on investigatetv.com.