SKOWHEGAN — An educational film on drug addiction and a community discussion is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Skowhegan Free Public Library.

“The Hungry Heart” provides an intimate look at the hidden world of drug addiction and the successes and challenges of recovery.

“This eye-opening film addresses the seriousness of prescription drug abuse,” said Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, in a news release from Maine Legislature House Democratic Office. “Maine people are standing face to face with the deadly epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction. This is a crisis that harms Mainers of all ages, races and income levels all over the state. My hope is that this forum will help our community come together to discuss what we can do to end this terrible epidemic.”

The impact of the drug epidemic in McCabe’s community motivates McCabe’s efforts to solve the crisis. In 2009, a young Skowhegan man, William Gates, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 21, according to the release.

Gates’ father, Henry “Skip” Gates, will also attend the forum. Gates has since devoted his life to educating middle and high school students about the dangers of opiates.

For more information, call 233-1838.

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