heroin: cape cod, usa

Dir. Steven Okazaki | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2015 | 76 min.


THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 - Performing Arts Center, Oak Bluffs

Discussion to follow with producer Lise King, addiction specialist Dr. Alexander Walley, psychiatrist Dr. Charles Silberstein, Senator Dan Wolf and Lt. Pat Glynn


Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket have been hit by an epidemic of young people hooked on affordable, easily acquired heroin. This unvarnished look into the issue focuses on eight young addicts, all in their early twenties and living in the Falmouth area. A startling 80% of heroin users begin with addiction to prescription painkillers after an accident or surgery. While the state of Massachusetts has seen an average of nearly four heroin deaths per day, 85% of the crime on Cape Cod is also opiate-related. Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki dives straight into this heartwrenching issue that begs immediate action.


Alexander Y. Walley, M.D., M.Sc., is an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University and an addiction medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center. He is the director of the Boston University Addiction Medicine Fellowship program, which trains addiction medicine specialist physicians. He is the medical director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. He has served as the medical director for several Massachusetts police and fire department naloxone rescue programs that documented over 750 overdose rescues between 2010 and 2014.


Charles Silberstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist board certified in general and addiction psychiatry. Before moving to Martha's Vineyard he was on the faculty of NYU's School of Medicine and ran Bellevue Hospital Center's Detox and Rehab Program and a therapeutic community for homeless, mentally ill addicts. His office is at Martha's Vineyard Hospital, where he is a member of the medical staff and has a practice in general and addiction psychiatry. He recently published the chapter on opiate addiction in the DSM-5 Clinical Case Studies published by the American Psychiatric Association. 


Lieutenant Detective Patrick Glynn is a thirty-one-year veteran of the Quincy Police Department and the Commander of the Special Investigations and Narcotics Unit. Lt. Det. Glynn has been training police officers for the past twenty years. He is a Senior Staff Instructor for the Municipal Police Training Committee, presenter for numerous community groups, and a current adjunct faculty member at Eastern Nazarene College. He is a founding member of the Norfolk County Prescription Monitoring Program. In addition, he is the director of the “The Quincy Naloxone Program,” has spoken throughout the country on the “Quincy Model,” and received the 2013 President’s “Advocate for Action Award” presented by ONDCP, the 2014 “Gary P. Hayes Award” presented by the Police Executive Research Forum, and the 2012 Quincy “Community Hero Award.” Lt. Det. Glynn holds a B.S. in Human Services from New Hampshire College and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts.


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