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Film About Prescription Drug Abuse Geared To Teenagers

A new film about prescription drug abuse will be screened in Staten Island as part of The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NYC Staten Island’s Summer 2011 Mental Health Film Festival. “Falling” is a story about one Maine teenager’s slide into prescription drug abuse. It is hoped that the film will resonate with teenagers and their parents. “Young people need this type of information to make healthy choices. We have a lot of young families and it’s important that they’re aware,” said Linda Wilson, executive director of NAMI Staten Island.  The film was produced by Project AWARE, a Maine organization that works to raise awareness about youth prescription drug abuse. “Any time we can tap into the creative minds of our young people, it produces great results,” said Carl Lakari, coordinator and co-founder of Project AWARE. “It is being used in many classrooms in Maine.” The 2007 film is the brainchild of Marisa Breton. It began as a skit as part of the Project AWARE Players, a live drama group that is part of the organization.  “We saw that it something relevant not only locally, but nationally,” said Breton. “At the time, it was a huge issue. Unfortunately, it still is.”

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