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Nova: Addiction

Nova: Addiction Advance Screening Events with WGBY

Free Public Advance Screening Events 10/11 & 10/15

In the midst of the opioid crisis, and in a world in which many other diseases can be traced to addictive behavior, Nova investigates. How does addiction work? How we can resolve this dire social and medical issue?

Nova joins scientists and sufferers alike as they probe the mysteries of addiction. They are discovering that addiction is not simply a lack of willpower; drug abuse produces significant chemical changes in the brain—changes that are hard to control and hard to reverse. And it is not just drugs; alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and even exercise can incite addictive behaviors.

Prior to the film's national broadcast (Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m.), WGBY presents two free public advance screening events:

Springfield Screening with Nova's Ralph Bouquet & Panelists

Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
150 Bridge Street, Springfield

In partnership with the Springfield Public Forum, WGBY presents the film at CityStage in Springfield followed by a community discussion with expert panelists led by Nova Education and Outreach Manager Ralph Bouquet. Panelists include Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni, Marcy Julian, Senior Western Mass. Regional Manager for Learn to Cope, Liz Whynott, Director of HIV Health and Prevention at Tapestry Health, Della R. Blake, Director of the Black Addiction Counselor Education (BACE) program at Adcare Educational Institute, and Erin Daley, the Director of Emergency Services at Mercy Medical Center.

The panel was programmed in part by the Hampden County Addiction Taskforce, which is co-chaired by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, and Alison Proctor of the Springfield Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Register for the 10/11 CityStage Screening:



Greenfield Screening with Nova Deputy Producer Julia Cort

Monday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.
Greenfield Community College
One College Drive, Greenfield

In partnership with Greenfield Community College and the Franklin County Opioid Task Force, WGBY presents the film at GCC followed by a panel discussion led by Nova "Addiction" the deputy executive producer of NOVA’s “Addiction,” Julia Cort. Panelists include co-producer or Nova "Addiction" Julia Crawford, Franklin County Sheriff Christopher J. Donelan, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Re-entry Coordinator Ken Chartrand, and internist Dr. Paul Carlan of Valley Medical Group in Greenfield.

No tickets required for the 10/15 Greenfield screening.