An almost hidden drug abuse epidemic enters Georgia homes in the form of compact, harmless-looking pills. Ritalin®, OxyContin®, Adderall®, Xanax®, Kickers, Uppers, Bennies, Z-Bars, skittling—brand names and street slang for potent prescription pills are all too common vocabulary in the halls of Georgia schools.
The Georgia Prevention Project reaches the heart of local communities to shine a blaring light into the dark shadows of prescription drug misuse and abuse.
In the captivating “Out of Reach” documentary, a teen filmmaker, in collaboration with director Tucker Capps (of A&E’s “Intervention”) and the Partnership for Drug Free Kid’s Medicine Abuse Project, captures the countrywide issue of teen prescription drug abuse. A teenager highlighted in the film shares a first time experience that led to addiction. “I don’t remember what it was, but it was a pain killer. So he gave me two of those and it just didn’t hurt anymore.”
At the end of September, the Georgia Prevention Project debuted “Out of Reach” during community meetings in Columbia and Pike counties. By design, these events provoke discussion, which then permeates into homes and schools across the state. Statistics indicate kids are less likely to use when parents talk with them about drugs.
The “Out of Reach” documentary is a catalyst that could cause a tremendous, positive reaction in your town. To access the full-length, 30-minute film and the accompanying toolkit, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-556-9787.
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