“Out Of Reach” – our special documentary created by a teen filmmaker who captures the issue of teen prescription drug abuse as it exists in his world – premiered in the Midwest on May 27th in Columbus Ohio. The special screening was hosted by Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich. The film originally premiered at the 18th annual Genart Film Festival in New York City in October of last year.
The event included a panel discussion with Terry Johnson, Ohio State Representative; Larry Minks, Washington County Sheriff; Danielle Smoot, a parent who has lost a child to prescription drug abuse; and Orman Hall, team director of the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team.
Also present was Steve Cline, Deputy Director of Field Operations for the Partnership. “The ‘Out Of Reach’ documentary is a powerful tool that raises parental awareness of the problem of medicine abuse and helps facilitate conversation around the issue,” he said of the film and event. “The film is a natural complement to Ohio’s statewide ‘Start Talking’ initiative, which encourages parents to have conversations with their kids on prescription drug abuse.”
We are grateful to the Ohio Governor John Kasich, First Lady Karen Kasich and our alliance partner, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), for their coordination and support of the Partnership’s effort to curb teen medicine abuse.