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Bronxville School Features Drug Prevention Film, Discussion

The Bronxville School will screen the documentary "Breaking Points" on Wednesday.
The Bronxville School will screen the documentary "Breaking Points" on Wednesday. Photo Credit:

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- A screening of the anti-drug documentary "Breaking Points" and panel discussion are coming Wednesday to the Bronxville School.

The school teamed with  Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to offer the film. It highlights the stress levels that high school and college students experience and the unhealthy ways that many of them cope.

"Breaking Points" looks at behavior that is becoming normalized among students, such as abusing prescription medicines not prescribed to them, including prescription stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The documentary was directed by Tucker Capps, known for his work on A&E's "Intervention," and is part of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ Medicine Abuse Project.

The project is a national action campaign with the goal of preventing and addressing medicine abuse among teens.

“Breaking Points” includes candid perspectives from high school and college students and nationally recognized experts, challenging the misperceived “safety” and effectiveness of abusing prescription stimulants without a doctor’s prescription.

The film serves as a catalyst to inform discussions about what parents and communities can do to support teens who are struggling to manage stress and anxiety, a news release said.

Along with interviews with high school and college students from across the country talking about their own experiences, the film also features interviews with:

  • Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
  • Denise Pope, author, Stanford University senior lecturer and co-founder of “Challenge Success.”
  • Alan Schwarz, Pulitzer Prize-nominated national correspondent for The New York Times.

Following the screening, Lillian Neuman of the Maxwell Institute in Tuckahoe will participate in a discussion. Neuman provides outreach and counseling for addiction and meets with Bronxville School students every year.

Bronxville High School Principal Ann Meyer will also talk about the school’s plans to address student stress.

Click here for more information about the film. To watch a trailer for the film, click here .

The screening will be at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the school, 177 Pondfield Road, Bronxville.

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