Episode 38: How Prescription Opiates are Killing Veterans with Film Maker Chris Bell

by Christopher Albert April 27, 2017

Episode 38: How Prescription Opiates are Killing Veterans with Film Maker Chris Bell

To listen to The Warrior Soul Podcast on Itunes, subscribe here

When we think about plagues, we normally think about diseases from viruses or bacteria. We don't think about these diseases coming from medicines. Someone in this country dies from an opiate overdose every 19 minutes. That's pretty startling, but here's something even more startling: 91% of those who survive an opiate overdose end up going right back on the drugs that nearly killed them. 

Chris Bell is a documentary film maker who is tackling this issue head on through his work. Initially known for his film on performance enhancing drugs, Bigger, Stronger, Faster, Chris decided to tackle the prescription drug abuse epidemic with the movie Prescription Thugs after being affected by it personally. His brother Mike, who was featured in Bigger, Stronger, Faster, was an addict who died shortly after the film was released. 

Chris also had a secret that made it even more personal - he was also an addict. Affected by years of pain from arthritis and hip surgeries, Chris was popping prescription pills like crazy.

Today, Chris is sober, largely because of a plant based product called Kratom. Kratom is a plant grown in Thailand that is used to aid in opiate withdrawal. It's also currently on the target list to be scheduled as a schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Chris is also currently working to ensure that Kratom stays legal and we cover his current project: a documentary on the legal battle to keep the plant legal.  

Additionally, we've got a lot of gems in this episode. Chris doles out advise on film making, living your life to it's fullest, fitness, and ketosis

Chris's Appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience

Urban Ice Organix

Follow Chris on Instagram

Follow Chris on Facebook

Christopher Albert
Christopher Albert


Chris is the founder and owner of Warrior Soul Apparel and is an international fitness coach. Chris served in the US Marine Corps, and is certified as a trainer through the NSCA and NASM. He is also a Sports Nutrition Specialist and has a BA and MA from the University of Connecticut and Doctoral Candidacy at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Leave a comment