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A student-produced documentary film interviewing current and former high school students about drug use in a typical American suburb. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 16, 2012.

A student-produced documentary film interviewing current and former high school students about drug use in a typical American suburb.

About this project

THE STORY

Three students died from drug overdose during the 2011-12 school year at Neuqua Valley High School located in Naperville, Illinois.  "Neuqua on Drugs" is a student-produced documentary film inspired by the classmates' deaths as well as the increasing use of drugs, including heroin, at the school. The film includes powerful interviews with over 20 current and former Neuqua Valley High School students who speak candidly about their drug use.  Several provide an emotional recounting of the tragic events leading up to the deaths of the three students. The alarmingly growing trend of drug use in high schools across America makes this film relatable to audiences everywhere. 

IN THE NEWS

"Students Produce Film About Substance Abuse"                                    (Naperville Community Television, Channel 17, week of 6/1/12

http://www.nctv17.com/napervillenews17/article.php?id=1485

ON THE RADIO

"Film Takes Straightforward Approach to Drug Abuse At Naperville School"     (CBS Chicago, WBBM News 5/25/12)

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/tag/neuqua-on-drugs/

IN THE PRESS

"Neuqua Students Make Film to Show Drug Use at School"                     (Naperville Sun, A Chicago-Sun Times Publication 5/24/12)

http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/crosby/12706196-418/neuqua-students-make-film-to-show-drug-use-at-school.html

"Students’ film shows deadly reality of teen drug abuse" (The Beacon News, A Chicago Sun-Times Publication 5/30/12)

http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/12865925-417/students-film-shows-deadly-reality-of-teen-drug-abuse.html

"Student Filmmakers Tell Raw, Uncut Story of Naperville Youth Drug Culture" (Naperville Patch 5/31/12)

http://naperville.patch.com/topics/Neuqua+on+Drugs

"New bill would crack down on heroin dealers" (Naperville Sun, A Chicago-Sun Times Publication 6/1/12)

http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/12908749-418/new-bill-would-crack-down-on-heroin-dealers.html#.T8rjiZ9MgR4.facebook

"Drug Documentary Powerful, Uncomfortable, Real" (Naperville Sun, A Chicago-Sun Times Publication 6/2/12)

http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/12910429-418/drug-documentary-powerful-uncomfortable-real.html#.T8ric1cNezo.facebook

Student-made drug documentary will be available on DVD                               (The Beacon News, a Chicago-Sun Times Publication 6/12/12)

http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/crosby/13118201-418/coming-soon-student-made-drug-documentary-will-be-available-on-dvd.html#.T9pJn80f0GI.facebook

"The heroin crisis is anything but a short subject"                                    (Naperville Sun, A Chicago-Sun Times Publication 6/14/12)

http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/news/carlman/13111018-418/the-heroin-crisis-is-anything-but-a-short-subject.html

"Local Teens: Heroin is going to keep killing our friends"                                      (Daily Herald, 6/25/12)

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120624/news/706249920/

Editorial: "New approach, new hope in heroin fight"                                             (The Daily Herald, 6/26/12)

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120626/discuss/706269912/

"Students Raising Funds to Make 'Neuqua on Drugs' DVD a Reality"      (Naperville Patch 7/6/12)

http://naperville.patch.com/articles/students-raising-funds-to-make-neuqua-on-drugs-dvd-a-reality

"Weekend update: Drugs and kids, PTSD and firefighters, animal shelters and animosity"                                                                                                           (The Beacon-News, A Chicago Sun-Times Publication 7/6/12)

http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/crosby/13569522-418/weekend-update-drugs-and-kids-ptsd-and-firefighters-animal-shelters-and-animosity.html

"Online fundraiser helps Neuqua students get word out about film on drug abuse" (The Beacon-News, A Chicago Sun-Times Publication 8/9/12)

http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/14364406-418/online-fundraiser-helps-neuqua-students-get-word-out-on-drug-problem.html

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

Your contributions will help us make "Neuqua on Drugs" available to a wider audience in order to get the message out about the prevalence and accessibility of drugs in American high schools. Funds will be used initially to mass produce DVD's, design packaging and offset shipping costs. Additionally, your contribution will be used to develop a website to enable individuals and institutions to purchase copies of the film. 

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