Feb. 6th Film Series Creates Community Forum to Address Opiate Crisis

January 23, 2019

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Points North Institute, along with support from MaineHealth and Memorial Hospital, and Maine Behavioral Healthcare, is bringing a free film screening and community discussion about the ongoing opioid crisis in Maine and New Hampshire.

The free event, sponsored by MaineHealth with additional support from Camden National Bank and Allen Insurance & Financial, will include a screening of the Netflix documentary Recovery Boys, followed by discussions comprised of local panelists. The film is an intimate look at four young men in West Virginia attempting to reinvent their lives and mend broken relationships after years of drug misuse.

The screening will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6 at Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center, 2779 White Mountain Highway in North Conway. Pizza will be provided courtesy of The Flatbread Company. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about the impacts of the opioid crisis while identifying emerging solutions and available resources in the region. Community members from all backgrounds are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation. The screenings are free of charge and open to the public but seating is limited. Reservations can be made online at: bit.ly/RecoveryinNH.

A community forum will follow the film, moderated by Amy Coveno, WMUR news anchor who was part of that station's State of Addiction series. Guest panelists include Lorinda MacDonald, APRN-PMHNP, Behavioral Health Director at Memorial Hospital; Conway Police Department Lieutenant Christopher Mattei; Janice Spinney Director of MWV Supports Recovery; and Joe Rodriguez, a local recovery coach.

“MaineHealth and its partner agencies are investing substantial resources in developing community-based solutions to address prevention, education and treatment of Opioid Use Disorder,” says Steve Merz, President of Maine Behavioral Healthcare. “We are proud to support expansion of this film festival into our service area as a means to facilitate critical conversations about how best to work together and support one another to save lives.”

“Documentary film screenings can be a powerful tool for building communities and creating a forum for public dialogue,” says Ben Fowlie, Executive and Artistic Director of the Points North Institute. “We’re thrilled to work with MaineHealth to launch a series that directly confronts the opiate crisis.” "We are grateful for the opportunity to show the film and have a discussion with our community," says Sue Ruka, Director of Population Health at Memorial Hospital.

"We see the impact of substance use disease on a routine basis. In the past two years working with our community partners we have made progress in addressing this health crisis – however it remains a complex and multifaceted problem. The film and discussion helps 'humanize' the struggles and yet provides hope that recovery is possible with support and management programs."

These screenings are part of Points North Institute’s series of documentary film screenings designed to spark public discussions about addiction, recovery and our collective response to the epidemic of substance use disorder. The program was launched in July 2018 in Maine with screenings held in 11 towns and four counties to date. Additional upcoming screenings will be held in Farmington, Norway and Waterville, Maine. To date, the program has received support from MaineHealth, Maine Behavioral Health, the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, Camden National Bank, the Fledgling Fund, the Bingham Program, Davis Family Foundation, and Allen Insurance & Financial.

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 6, 5:30 p.m.
Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center
2779 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH