The RX Taskforce of Strafford County is proud to announce three opportunities to see “The Hungry Heart,” an acclaimed documentary film on prescription drug addiction and recovery. Local screenings include:

• Monday, June 23rd 6pm at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in the Garrison Wing Conference Center in Dover, NH. Please register at www.wdhospital.com. This Screening is presented by the Jesse Galt Lecture Series with support from Wentworth Douglass Hospital Emergency Department.
• Tuesday, June 24th 11am at Henry Wilson Middle School, Farmington, NH. Please RSVP to info@onevoicenh.org or 603-516-2571
• Tuesday, June 24th 6pm at Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH. Please RSVP to graham@bridgingthegapsnh.org or 603-330-7160.
“Funding for the Rochester showing of Hungry Heart is provided for by the Rochester Police Department’s grant from the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) towards community prevention efforts.”

Each screening will feature the Film Producer, Bess O’Brien, and special guests from the film. The screenings are brought to the area through the work of the RX Taskforce of Strafford County in partnership with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, ONE Voice for Strafford County, Goodwin Community Health, Rochester Police Department and the Rochester Democratic Party.

“Prescription Drug and heroin abuse is impacting almost every corner of our society including families, schools, municipalities, law safety and health care agencies, businesses and our local economy, says Samantha Pellerin health promotion coordinator for ONE Voice of Strafford County and RX Taskforce member. “This film brilliantly and beautifully illuminates a very dark and overwhelming topic. We hope everyone will take time to see one of the three screenings.

The Hungry Heart, produced by Kingdom County Productions and directed by Bess O’Brien provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the work of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes whose patients struggle with this disease. Through the film we see Dr. Holmes struggling with the challenges of addiction and treatment and trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.

“Ultimately, the film is about the simple but profound connection that Dr. Holmes creates with each patient and how important listening and respect is for these young addicts as part of their recovery process,” says Film Producer Bess O’Brien. “The film shines a light on the healing power of conversation and the need for connection that many of these young addicts yearn for but do not have in their lives.”

In addition, the film interviews a number of older addicts who share their stories of struggle and redemption. The road to recovery is paved with both success stories and strewn with relapses, downfalls and tragic losses. However, through the movie we see the many faces and diverse populations of addiction, and their continued search for a life of recovery.

About the RX Taskforce
The Rx Taskforce of Strafford County was created in 2012 in response to the health epidemic of prescription drug abuse in southeastern NH. Stakeholders and experts on the devastating effects of prescription drug access, drug diversion and overdoses meet monthly to determine how best to develop community responses to this wide-spread issue. The meetings are held at Goodwin Community Health on the second Friday of each month, from 9am-10:30am. More information can be found at Onevoicenh.org.

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