'Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis'

The opioid crisis plaguing the United States presents a problem more far-reaching than many realize – one that demands frank conversations to facilitate recovery for individuals and the country, according to a recent documentary.

"Prescription for Change: Ending America's Opioid Crisis" will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther College campus. Luther Counseling Services, Wellness, Health Services, Active Minds, Helping Services for Youth and Families, and Winneshiek County ERASE Coalition are sponsoring the film.

Produced by MTV and the Jed Foundation, the documentary "Prescription for Change" follows three young women in recovery and features a conversation between rapper Macklemore, the film's executive producer, and President Barack Obama. The two speak candidly about their own experiences with substance use.

A panel discussion after the showing will be led by community professionals: Jennifer Kimber, community prevention specialist with Helping Services for Youth and Families; Bobbi-Jo Molokken, Luther Counseling Services, and Dr. Janet Ryan, M.D., medical director of Luther College Health Services and provider of family medicine at Gunderson Health System.

The film screening and panel discussion are open to the public with no charge for admission.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.