Teaming up to bring attention to the exploding opioid epidemic, MTV Docs brought together Macklemore and President Obama for a documentary about what’s now known as the worst epidemic of addiction in American history. Airing Tuesday (Oct. 4) on MTV, Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis focuses on recovery methods, the history of opioids in America, and personal stories, including Macklemore’s own.
Macklemore himself is no stranger to sharing his struggles with addiction. The rapper, who released his latest album This Unruly Mess I Made this past February, has consistently used his star power to shine a light on (and fight against) the stigma of addiction. By linking up with the recently rebooted documentary division of MTV, he filmed a chat with President Obama in front of the White House in honor of late September’s Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.
The hour-long doc was filmed in both Washington, D.C. and Macklemore's home state of Washington, and had its world premiere this past Monday at South by South Lawn, President Obama’s White House-hosted spin on music-and-art festivals. Here are seven revealing takeaways from Prescription for Change, ranging from stunning facts about America’s epidemic, to why President Obama agreed to take part in the first place.