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Justice Department Opiate Prevention Film Nominated For New England Emmy Award

May 1, 2013

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that “The Opiate Effect” has been nominated for a New England Emmy Award in the documentary film category. The film, directed and filmed by Derek Halquist of Green River Pictures, features the story of Will Gates, a UVM student who tragically died from a heroin overdose in 2009, and the effects on his family as recounted primarily by his father, Skip Gates. The film is a central part of a United States Attorney’s Office heroin and opiate prevention initiative aimed at educating high school and college age persons about the dangers of opiate narcotics. Copies of the film have been distributed to all high schools in Vermont. Will Gates’ father, Skip Gates, and the U.S. Attorney regularly speak to high school and college audiences about opiate drugs, and present the film. The film has previously won a number of regional and one national award.

If a school, parent or student group would like to obtain free copies of the film, or arrange a presentation by U.S. Attorney Coffin and Skip Gates, please contact Aimee Stearns at 802-951-6725 or email

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