Free Viewing of ‘The Hungry Heart’ & Community Discussion
April 1, 2016

Healthy Acadia’s Drug Free Communities Initiative, Deer Isle Stonington Schools, The Reach Performing Arts Center, Healthy Island Project, Island Medical Center, and Island Family Medicine, a department of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, are excited to invite community members to participate in a free showing of the award-winning documentary, “The Hungry Heart,” which focuses on the hidden world of prescription drug addiction, and the successes and challenges of recovery.

The event is open and free to the public, and it will be held on Wednesday, April 27th from 5:00-8:00 pm at The Reach Performing Arts Center. Light refreshments and networking will begin at 5:00 pm and the film will start at 5:30 pm. Following the film, State Representative Walter Kumiega will facilitate a community discussion where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and hear about resources available in our local communities.

In 2012, Maine topped the nation in the prescription of long-acting or extended-release opioid pain relievers, which are more prone to misuse and addiction than other painkillers, according to a report released last July from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This event is dedicated to increasing public awareness of substance use disorders and mental health issues, and supporting prevention of opioid & prescription drug misuse and addiction. The theme highlights the important role that individuals, communities and families have in helping people lead healthy, productive and substance-free lives.
If you have questions, please contact Denise Black, 667-7171 or Anne Douglass, 367-6332.