Will Gates died from a heroin overdose in 2009. His father skip began a journey to try and educate as many people as possible of the harm in not only the drug, but how we are dealing with the problem. Through the voices of Skip, his son Sam, former opiate abusers, The HowardCenter, Senator Leahy, Tristram Coffin, Attorney General Holder and more; we find ourselves amidst reality.
We produced this short documentary with other concerned citizens as a free resource. While it is targeted towards teenagers, it has been comforting to many family members who have lost a loved one to addiction or overdose. This video is public domain and Skip Gates is available to present the film at public screenings around the country. Please feel free to download by clicking the button below and selecting the desired file format.
What is addiction? Addiction is a brain disease. It’s a chronic disease, a long-lasting condition that can be managed, but not cured. Just like asthma is a chronic lung disease, addiction is a chronic brain disease. People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol aren’t bad people. They are people with a disease that needs treatment.