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Jan 26, 2016 12:18 PM

Portsmouth police film segments for their second PSA on NH drug epidemic

PORTSMOUTH — Police filmed their second public service announcement on Monday as part of a community-based effort to address the drug epidemic.

In this PSA, officers and a former addict, now a director of recovery services, address some of the causes of opioid addiction and ways to prevent or help people who become addicted, according to the Portsmouth Herald.

"Many think that people simply started using heroin. That they did this to themselves," Officer Seth Tondreault says on camera. "In some circumstances this may be the case, but the reality is 80 percent of heroin users didn't start with heroin. They first became addicted to prescription medications."

The video goes on to explain how residents can dispose of unused pain pills at special drop boxes located in the police station and elsewhere.

Police Sgt. David Keaveny was filmed talking about Narcan, an drug that can reverse a potentially fatal opioid overdose. Narcan is being made available "to anyone, no questions asked," he says.

Karlina Lyons, a Portsmouth resident and the film's producer, lost a sister to heroin and is working on the public service announcement with filmmaker Michael Venn. Tentatively titled "Community Is Greater Than Heroin," the documentary is scheduled for editing in February and a spring release, Lyons said.

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