The Offspring has premiered the video for “The Opioid Diaries,” a track off the band’s new album, Let the Bad Times Roll.
The clip provides a visual representation of the dangers of addiction, interspersed with statistics regarding overdosing and criticism of the pharmaceutical industry and what many say is its complicity in the U.S. opioid crisis.
“I wrote this Offspring song about addiction,” says frontman Dexter Holland. “While drug addiction is certainly not a new issue, the opioid epidemic in America is different. It’s different because it was created by, and driven by, Big Pharma — and I wrote this song to say that the pharmaceutical industry should be held accountable for its consequences.”
The video ends with the message, “You can get help,” along with a link and phone number to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
You can watch “The Opioid Diaries” video streaming now on YouTube.
The Offspring released Let the Bad Times Roll in April. It’s the band’s first new record in nine years.
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