(WASHINGTON) On January 11, 2016, Congressman Richard E. Neal hosted a screening of the new HBO documentary Heroin: Cape Cod USA in the United States Capitol Building for members of the New England Congressional Delegation, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, and the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. It was a successful event that raised awareness about the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that is taking far too many young lives across the country. He held another viewing in Springfield for Hampden County officials on January 28th, and on Tuesday, July 19 at 5:00pm, the Congressman will join Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer; North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright; Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler and Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless for a community screening and panel discussion at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.
The event will begin promptly at 5:00pm with brief remarks from Neal, Tyer and Capeless. Lise King, the producer of the HBO documentary, will introduce the film which runs approximately 77 minutes. A panel discussion about current efforts to reduce the drug problem in Berkshire County will follow. John Rogers, Vice President and General Counsel of Berkshire Health Systems will moderate the discussion. Panelists will include North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright; Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler; Michael Wynn, Chief of Police for the City of Pittsfield; Dr. Alex Sabo, Berkshire Medical Center; Ananda Timpane, Executive Director, Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), and Chris MacBeth, CEO, The Brien Center.
The event is free, open to the public, open press and is expected to conclude no later than 7:45pm. It will be broadcast by Pittsfield Community Television. For details visit www.pittsfieldtv.org
A public screening will be held in Franklin and Hampshire Counties on Monday, October 3rd.
Congressman Richard E. Neal and Mayor Linda Tyer present a community screening of HEROIN: CAPE COD USA
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Berkshire Community College – Koussevitzky Arts Center
1350 West Street
CONTACT:William Tranghese, Congressman Richard E. Neal, (202) 225-8410
Roberta McCulloch-Dews, City of Pittsfield, (413) 499-9322
Christine Macbeth, CEO, The Brien Center
Diane Maynes, Office of Sheriff Thomas Bowler, (413) 447-7117
Rosemary Dickinson, Office of Mayor Richard Alcombright, (413) 662-3000
David Cachat, Pittsfield Community Television, (413) 445-4234