Free Viewing of ‘The Hungry Heart” & Community Discussion
May 11, 2015

Healthy Acadia’s Drug Free Communities Initiative, Acadia Family Center, Open Door Recovery Center, and Your Place, Inc. are excited to invite community members to participate in a free showing of the award-winning film, “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, May 20th from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Bryant E. Moore Community Center, Theatre Room, 238 State Street in Ellsworth. Following the film, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss topics of interest, and hear about resources in our 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. The event is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Prevention Week, May 17th – 23rd. Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues, and supporting prevention of opioid & prescription drug abuse. The 2015 theme is “The Voice of One, the Power of All.” This theme highlights the important role that individuals and communities alike have in helping people lead healthy, productive lives.

In addition to the Prevention Week forums, the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Hancock County Drug Free Communities Coalition will be held on Monday, May 18, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at Ellsworth City Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have questions, please contact Denise Black, Healthy Acadia’s Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator, denise@healthyacadia.org or 667-7171.