Opiate film and discussion today
Library to host
drug video, talk
Rutland Free Library will host a documentary video and panel discussion today focused on the problem of opiate abuse in the city and state.
Starting at 7 p.m. in the Fox Room, the library and the Rutland Film Society will show the documentary “The Opiate Effect,” which tells the story of University of Vermont student Will Gates, who overdosed on heroin and the effect the experience had on his family.
The documentary, directed by Derek Hallquist of Green River Pictures, also features the experience of Gates’ father and a number of recovering heroin addicts.
The documentary has won two Telly Awards.
After the screening, a panel comprised of Rutland Police Chief James Baker, Police Capt. Scott Tucker, West Ridge Center for Addiction Recovery director Jesse Farnsworth and Project Vision director Joseph Kraus will talk about the use of opium-derived drugs locally and answer questions.
The event is free and open to the public.