The Opioid Epidemic: Performing and Recording Artist John O'Brien Releases Music Video "By The Throat" to Urge Addicts to Get Help

Written in memory of his late brother, performer and recording artist John O'Brien has written a heartfelt song answering John’s burning question "What more could I have done?" He believes it is important to do everything possible to address the addiction of a loved one or friend by getting them help. The music video for the song portrays that happening.

Saint Augustine Beach, FL, July 10, 2019 --( John O’Brien has released his new music video for "By The Throat," a very popular single from his latest album "The Love You Need." To view the clip from this well-known songwriter, performer and recording artist, visit his website or his YouTube channel. This song and video address the opioid crisis and the need to assist addicts to get help. John’s brother passed away from an overdose and it sharpened his feelings about the 60 to 70,000 people a year that are dying from this addiction. As an accomplished songwriter, he studied the language and slang involved in the culture of addiction so that the song will appeal to those who are addicted and their families to go get help. The song and video start with an overdose, near death and a recovery using Narcan, a drug to counteract the deadly opiate effects. The song describes the process of becoming addicted after a doctor prescribes the painkiller, OxyContin. The eventual loss of employment, and what happens after the prescription and money run out - then to heroin and ultimately fentanyl. The song goes on with the addicted person “running” which is slang for rushing out to get a fix. The lyric: “You know you’re dying no matter how much you pretend!” In the last verse, the addict looks out a window, sees an angel, not the death ghost, that is the strength to get help, takes her hand and goes with her to get that help at a clinic. “Just Go!” That angel brings the addict to the rehab facility. She is a close friend as depicted in the video. The song was written in 2018, being performed at various festivals and concerts and quickly became a fan favorite with John performing it on acoustic guitar at music festivals and in full stage shows in concerts.

"By The Throat" was directed and produced by Award-Winning videographer and filmmaker Victor Zimet who also directed John's prior music video "California Wildfire" (also from the album "The Love You Need"). Zimet, who is also an accomplished documentary filmmaker, has captured such high-profile performing artists as Cyndi Lauper, Rory Gallagher, Black 47, and Nenad Bach. He has also produced feature films including “Random Lunacy” and “Fanatic Heart.”
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