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Upcoming Community Screenings

Thursday, March 21, 2019

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | University of New England, Portland, ME | 716 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 01403

Join us for a community screening and discussion of the PBS/NOVA film "Addiction" at the WCHP Lecture Hall / Parker Pavilion, University of New England, Portland Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

About NOVA's "Addiction"

America is in the midst of the deadliest drug epidemic in US history. It’s estimated that in 2017 alone, more than 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, driven by a dramatic rise in the abuse of opioids like OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl. It’s a slow-motion disaster that is destroying whole communities, with no end in sight. As our nation looks for answers, take an unflinching look at the epidemic through the eyes of those living through it. Along the way, join doctors, psychologists, and neuroscientists as they investigate how drugs of abuse alter the brain and drive behavior. Researchers are narrowing in on how we can effectively address our drug problem, from the development of evidence-based treatments and new medications, to the rethinking of public policies. With vivid case studies and insights into the latest scientific breakthroughs, unravel the complex and tragic puzzle of how addiction works, and how it can best be treated.

NOVA Digital and Education Resources

Interactive Story- Restoring Hope: Fighting the Opioid Crisis in Buffalo


The Science of Opioid Addiction and Treatment


How opioids mimic the body's natural pain relievers and sometimes induce euphoria.


Former Opioid User Discusses Withdrawal and Recovery


Ben Francis became addicted to opioid painkillers in high school after a soccer injury.

Classroom Resources



How a Teenager's Opioid Prescription Led to Dependence


Severe muscle cramps landed this teen in the hospital, where she was prescribed opioids.


Canada’s Bold Steps to Reduce Opioid Overdoses


Vancouver, Canada’s supervised injection sites offer people a safer place to use.


Helping Children Born Dependent on Opioids


A therapy program enables children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome to build skills.


Why Addiction Stigma Stops Patients from Seeking Treatment


Over 20 million Americans struggle with addiction—and social stigma is partially to blame.


Photo Gallery

Marjie and

Robert Kargman

Additional funding provided by Marjie and Robert Kargman, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and The Lynch Foundation.
National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.