Honey & Tea Sheds Light On Pain-pill Addiction Epidemic

Dansia Morris and Doretta Elliott star in Honey & Tea.

Dansia Morris and Doretta Elliott star in Honey & Tea.

Written by Bobby Burns

Tucson – Abusing painkillers is a serious problem in the U.S. – about 12 million people said they used painkillers for non-medical reasons. Opioid addiction is a chronic medical condition caused in part by brain changes that can result from regularly using drugs such as oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone and morphine.

Honey & Tea is a stage play that is part concert along with dialogue, poetry and songs about painkillers. The cast members include Dansia Morris, Doretta Elliott and Ada Austin.

The story line is how a person can be on the road to beating addiction and then finds oneself back in the abyss. What once seemed like a promising recovery road becomes catalog of shattered hopes and dreams. Watching this drama unfold is worth seeing. We all know someone in the family hooked on some drug or two; the late comedian Bernie Mac uses the story line in the Kings of Comedy movie.

Although this will be the first Honey & Tea show and having not seen the play personally, one knows addiction kills or sometimes people can overcome their addictions. This play is sure to bring plenty of sorrow, laughter, and hope, while showing audiences the power of resiliency to overcome the power of addiction. Honey & Tea shows us just how cunning and baffling addiction can be.

Local Tucson author and director Anita Smith wrote Honey & Tea over 20 years ago. Back then it was focused on the use of heroin and other drugs. In 2014 she re-wrote the play, focusing on the pill addiction epidemic that is sweeping across America.

“It pains me to know so many people have loved ones who are addicted, and more often than not the doctors are contributing to the overuse of pain pills,” said Smith.

“I feel very privileged to be a part of the play because so many of our people are struggling with pain pill addiction. This (play) will tell a powerful message and it affects people from all walks of life,” stated Dansia Morris.

“It hits home and starts the conversation about healing spiritually as it packs a strong delivery,” Ada Austin added.

Honey & Tea is set for June 13 at Catalina High School Auditorium, 3645 E. Pima Street. The play starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information call 520-303-3065.

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