The Opiate Effect, Skip Gates at Narraguagus High School on May 24
May 16, 2016
Harrington – On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm, Narraguagus High School will offer a free showing of the mini-documentary, The Opiate Effect, followed by a community conversation with the film’s conceptual creator, Skip Gates. Gates, of Skowhegan, Maine, is lost his son, Will, to a heroin overdose in 2009. Through the voices of Gates, his son Sam, former opiate abusers, the Howard Center, Senator Leahy, Tristram Coffin, Attorney General Holder and more, the 23-minute film explores the recent surge in prescription drug and heroin misuse and its devastating effects on families and communities. While it is targeted towards teenagers, it has been comforting to family members and friends of those struggling with addiction, or those who have lost a loved one to addiction or overdose.

Gates has spent the last few years visiting schools throughout the state to present The Opiate Effect in an effort to encourage schools and communities to work together to combat the opiate epidemic in Maine. Parents, teachers and community members are invited and encouraged to attend the May 24 presentation in Harrington. Light refreshments will be served.

The Opiate Effect presentation is made possible by Healthy Acadia, a community health organization serving Washington and Hancock counties. The event is sponsored by the Narraguagus High School, and is the final of seven sessions of Healthy Acadia’s “Dimensions of Prevention” substance misuse prevention discussion series to be offered at the Narraguagus High School this spring.

For more information about The Opiate Effect or the “Dimensions of Prevention” series, or to host one or more sessions in your community, contact Jenny Robish at (207) 255-3741 or