Fairfield PTA and Fairfield Cares Community Coalition host screening of BREAKING POINTS

Fairfield PTA Council and Fairfield Cares Community Coalition will hold a special free screening of BREAKING POINTS, a new, short documentary film that raises awareness about the level of stress that high school and college students experience and the unhealthy ways that many of them cope Monday, March 19, at 7 p.m., at the Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The film explores behavior that is becoming normalized among students — abusing prescription (Rx) medicines not prescribed to them, including Rx stimulants for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The film was directed by Tucker Capps, known for his work on A&E’s “Intervention,” and is a part of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Medicine Abuse Project, a national action campaign with the goal of preventing and addressing medicine abuse among teens.

BREAKING POINTS includes candid perspectives from high-school and college students and nationally recognized experts, challenging the misperceived “safety” and effectiveness of abusing prescription stimulants without a doctor’s prescription. The film serves as a catalyst to inform discussions about what parents and communities can do to support teens who are struggling to manage stress and anxiety.

Last year alone, local first responders were required to administer life-saving Narcan 30 times to Fairfield residents.

“We hope this this film serves as a wake-up-call to parents — seeing how normalized Rx stimulant abuse is in school settings will help put this dangerous behavior on parents’ radar,” said Reini Knorr, Fairfield Cares Programming Committee. “We are proud to partner with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on local screenings like this one, providing key opportunities for parents, educators and community leaders to explore what steps they can take to help young people manage stress better and, in turn, help curb teen Rx medicine abuse.”

Along with interviews with high-school and college students from across the country talking about their own personal experiences with stress, the film also features interviews with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse; Denise Pope, Author, Stanford Senior Lecturer, Co-Founder of Challenge Success; and Alan Schwarz, Pulitzer Prize-Nominated National Correspondent for The New York Times, among others.

Following the 30-minute documentary will be a panel conversation with local prevention and recovery experts from Fairfield Public Schools, Fairfield University, Law Enforcement, and Fairfield Cares.

A dedicated website for BREAKING POINTS is available at www.drugfree.org/breakingpoints/. The website also features extended interviews with experts from the movie and shareable infographics with statistics on teen Rx medicine abuse, stress and anxiety

To learn more about the BREAKING POINTS film and RSVP for the event, visit https://fairfieldtheatre.org/shows/stageone/breaking-points.

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