On Thursday, April 4, about 300 students in all grades attended a screening of the PBS/Nova film "Addiction" followed by a Q&A with Sarah Holt, the producer, director, and writer of the film. Ms. Holt is a Newton resident and former Newton South parent. Teachers had the option to sign up their classes, and counselors were available.
NOVA Addiction is a new documentary examining how easy access to drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and even prescription medications like OxyContin has fueled an epidemic of addiction. Now, science is revealing how addiction affects the brain, and top experts are gathering evidence about how we should address our drug problem, from embracing evidence-based treatments, to rethinking public policies.
The movie presentation was suggested by Newton North parent Dawn Davis; she attended the premiere of this compelling documentary and felt it would be worthwhile for students to see. The event was arranged by NNHS prevention/intervention social worker Alison Malkin with the assistance of Adam Brown, director of Theatre Ink.