Local student video projects to be showcased at film festival

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Capital Area Human Services (CAHS) is hosting a free “Film Festival” event featuring local student video productions focused on medication safety and prevention of prescription pain pill misuse.

The student produced videos are part of a new curriculum program called Generation Rx that is funded by CAHS to support responsible, healthy life choices among teens to avoid prescription opioid misuse.

The event will be held Monday, April 1, at the Manship Theatre located at 100 Lafayette Street in Baton Rouge, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. It is open to the public.

Co-sponsors of the event include CAHS’s Opioid Prevention Alliance for Ladies and Girls Program and the Charles Lamar Family Foundation. Refreshments are provided through donations by Coca Cola, Raising Canes, TJ Ribs, XPress Pharmacy, and Quarters Endless Entertainment. The McKinley High Jazz Band will provide music.

Many student leaders from the participating schools– along with family members, public officials, and community partners— will be in attendance. 

With funding by CAHS, Belaire Magnet and McKinley High Schools, implemented the Generation Rx program to educate teens about using medications safely (including opioids). Generation Rx also instills skills for teens to learn how to turn down invitations to misuse and how to adopt positive coping strategies. Use of interactive peer-to-peer activities is a key approach to reinforce prevention messages.

These schools have been selected for their unique creative arts and media production resources available to students for classroom and video activities. The video public service announcements produced by the students will be circulated through social media.

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