BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Well-known actor/director Rob Reiner was the keynote speaker before the Bio International Conference at the South Boston Convention Center Wednesday.
He told people in the bio industry they hold the key to solving the opioid crisis.
Reiner urged the bio crowd to keep conducting extensive drug research.
"We have a long way to go in trying to understand what causes people to want to use and how to treat them. There is no question about it it's an epidemic I mean it's rife across this country people talk about doing something and don't do anything about it," he said.
Rob Reiner is usually known for his roles in "All in the Family", or the "Princess Bride," but now he and his son, Nick, have made a movie called "Being Charlie", loosely based on Nick's previous drug addiction.
He says making the movie was therapeutic.
"You can't help when you're making a movie like that you are looking into your situation and his and our relationship together. At times it was great and at times it was really difficult," Reiner said.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope reports.