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So we’re here in Telluride, Colorado.

Otherwise known as Heaven on Earth.

Grace has a spectacular house on the Mesa (where The Sound of Music was filmed). It’s crazy beautiful and, yes, the hills are alive.

She also has her own lake.

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A movie is in the works but we wanted to give you something in the interim.

Load up on the treats ’cause we’ll be home soon and needing a little sustenance. (Not much out here in the wild, doncha know.)

The heroin crisis. It’s out of control.

Up until about 20 years ago, heroin and opiate overdoses were almost unheard of—relegated to a small circle of artists and celebrities who turned to self-medication to silence their inner demons.

Now overdoses are happening every minute of every day, and someone dies in this country about every 10 minutes.

Today, drug overdose deaths exceed gun homicides, car accidents and suicide. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.

How did we get here? And how can we stop it?

That’s exactly what Chasing Hope explores.

Chasing Hope: Solving the Opioid Crisis is a documentary series that I wrote, produced and directed. The first in the series is a 40-minute educational film for middle and high school students. You can watch the first 5 minutes here and view the entire film for free on the Chasing Hope website. There’s even a discussion guide you can download to talk about the film with your students, kids, friends and family.

You can also learn more about the project on the Facebook Page.