SIUH South Site to screen drug-abuse film


Prescription drug abuse film to be screened this week

Published: Monday, August 06, 2012, 3:00 PM
Andrea Boyarsky/Staten Island Advance  

Abuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs is at an all-time high on Staten Island, and more awareness of the potentially deadly epidemic is needed.

That’s why the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NYC Staten Island, Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) and the Staten Island Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse have teamed up to present the film “Falling” on Wednesday night.

The 21-minute film will be presented at 6:30 p.m. in the main conference room of SIUH’s South site, 375 Seguine Ave., Prince’s Bay. “Falling” was written and performed by the Project AWARE Players, a Maine youth theater group. It shows one teen’s struggle with prescription drug abuse, shedding light on a growing problem that affects both youth and adults.

A panel discussion will follow. Speaking are: Dr. Hugh Cummings, director of Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SIUH; Elissa Donner, a licensed clinical social worker and program supervisor with the St. George MICA Clinic at Richmond University Medical Center, and Betty Keeny, a licensed clinical social worker with the Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at SIUH.

The screening of the film is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call Linda Wilson at 718-477-1700 or e-mail namistatenisland@aol.com, or call Michael McBrearty, outreach coordinator at SIUH, at 718-226-3807.

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