• Addiction film to be screened
    January 15,2014

    Addiction film to be screened

    In his State of the State message, Gov. Shumlin spoke of an “epidemic” of heroin and opioid addiction in Vermont. This is important and very timely. Dealing with prescription drug addiction has become a huge public health problem in Vermont and is affecting schools, families, children and crime rates in our communities.

    Vermont ranks as one of the highest states for prescription drug abuse, and when the cost to feed this habit grows too expensive, addicts settle for the cheaper priced alternative — heroin. The governor praised efforts in our state to address the disease of addiction, and he pledged to bring the documentary film “The Hungry Heart” to every high school in Vermont.

    This documentary film by Bess O’Brien focuses on Vermont addiction to prescription drugs. The film is about real teens and their families in not-so-far-away St. Albans. It is an amazing opportunity to become aware of this statewide problem.

    In central Vermont, we have several free upcoming opportunities to view “The Hungry Heart.” Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. there will be a free public screening at Main Street Middle School, organized by the Main Street Middle School Parents Group, the Montpelier School District SAP program, and the Central Vermont New Directions Coalition.

    Feb. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. another screening will take place at the Montpelier High School Auditorium, sponsored by the Montpelier High School Booster Club, the Montpelier School District SAP program and CVNDC. Parents and community members are welcome and invited to bring their children grade six and older.

    As part of the Vermont Department of Health’s statewide Partnership for Success initiative, Central Vermont New Directions Coalition joins Community Connections and the Washington County Youth Service Bureau to serve Washington County by bringing new strategies to reduce opioid abuse and tackle underage drinking.

    Ann Gilbert


    The writer is director of Central Vermont New Directions Coalition.

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