Editor's note: Given some of the recent news we've had to report on, we're happy to share this press release and link to the movie "The Opiate Effect."

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The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont announced today that the award-winning documentary, "The Opiate Effect", has been made available for viewing and free download. This powerful film features the story of Will Gates, a University of Vermont student who tragically overdosed on heroin and the impact that experience has had on his family. It also seeks to educate young people and their parents about the dangers of opiate prescription drug and heroin use by drawing on the experiences of Will's father, Skip Gates, and a number of heroin addicts in recovery. The film is aimed at preventing people from getting involved with opiate drugs and is geared especially toward high school and college age students and their parents.

The film was produced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont. It was filmed and directed by Derek Hallquist of Green River Pictures and has won several awards including two Telly awards. It was nominated for a New England Emmy.