Local students shine light on addiction epidemic in mini-documentary for C-SPAN competition
Sophomore students in Narragansett High School’s honors government class were recently recognized by C-SPAN for their work on a mini-documentary about the opioid epidemic in Rhode Island.
Lexie Regan, Morgan D’Ambra and Anna Lubic received honorable mention for “Hooked,” their entry into the 2018 StudentCam that explores the opioid crisis through the lens of the 10th Amendment. This amendment holds that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
For the contest, which is a requirement for the honors government class, students are asked to produce short documentaries about subjects of national importance. This year’s theme was “The Constitution & You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you.”
The students were asked to work on a subject with a personal connection, and Regan, D’Ambra and Lubic said they decided to focus on the opioid crisis after Regan lost a close family friend to a drug overdose last fall.
The young women said between the three of them, they know of approximately 50 people who suffer or have suffered from addiction, with some cases resulting in death. These people, they said, range from friends to family members to friends of friends.
When asked if they had studied the opioid crisis at school before, the students said they have studied addiction in health class, but never learned about fentanyl or the opioid epidemic in depth.
They included statistics throughout their seven-minute film, which they said took them weeks to research, film and edit. They began working on the film just before Thanksgiving, and submitted it Jan. 14. The project, they said, was a collaborative effort.
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