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Award-Winning Documentary ‘One Pill Can Kill’ Takes a Stand Against Opioid Crisis, Garnering International Acclaim

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Fairmont, W.Va. — A West Virginia produced film has been the recipient of numerous awards.

The film One Pill Can Kill was produced by GameChanger located in Fairmont. The video has won several awards in the Best Short Documentary Category at film festivals in the United States and France. 

Produced by GameChanger in conjunction with FG/PG of Los Angeles, the Biscuit Factory of Falls Church, Virginia and RippleKey of New York, the film addresses the deadly fentanyl, opioid and substance misuse issues. The film conveys a warning  that purchasing counterfeit pills over the internet and from other sources on the street is like playing Russian roulette.

The film features middle and high school students from all over the state of West Virginia and was made in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

One Pill Can Kill picked up first place honors in the Best Short Documentary Category at the Voices Rising Film Festival on Long Island, New York, the Impact Docs Awards in La Jolla, California and the Oniros Film Festival in New York City.  

In addition, the 34-minute film received honorable mention designation for Best Short Documentary at the Red Movie Awards in Reims, France, and was an official selection at the Reel Recovery Film Festival in Studio City, California and the Lane Doc Festival in Jackson, Tennessee. 

The video is narrated by former West Virginia University women’s basketball star Meg Bulger. She is currently GameChanger’s Education and Community Relations Liaison.

The film was directed by Molly Hermann and Rob Lyall of the Biscuit Factory and written and produced by Hermann and Peter Fitzpatrick of RippleKey. 

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The movie was executive produced by Phil Koutsis of FG/PG. 

One Pill Can Kill also features appearances by GameChanger  supporters West Virginia Governor Jim Justice; United States Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito; University of Alabama head football coach and West Virginia native Nick Saban; country music star Brad Paisley; and Marshall University head football coach Charles Huff. 

“I am just beyond thrilled that professional people in the film industry recognized the important and necessary subject matter One Pill Can Kill addresses,” said GameChanger founder and Executive Director Joe Boczek.  

“Being recognized not only on the national but international stage is obviously very gratifying,” Boczek continued. “What is even more gratifying is that through this film and these awards, GameChanger continues to address the deadly fentanyl and opioid and substance misuse crisis head on.” 

One Pill Can Kill was distributed along with a parent toolkit at no cost to all middle and high school students in West Virginia and is also available free of charge online at www.gamechangerusa.org.

The film will be re-released with a teacher lesson plan booklet this spring. It is estimated that more than 100,000 teenagers and adults have already viewed the documentary. 

GameChanger Chairman of the Board Larry Puccio, who had the initial idea for the film, said it’s all about saving the lives of West Virginia’s youth.  

“I am obviously so pleased at this widespread recognition,” Puccio said. “But most importantly, I believe we are saving the lives of our youth, who are seriously at risk because of the scourge of deadly fentanyl.”

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Puccio added, “Producing this film took a lot of hard work, time and financial resources, but if it saves the life of just one child, it was worth it.” 

GameChanger is a youth-led positive development and community enhancement initiative designed to educate, support, and empower West Virginia youth to live healthy, drug-free lifestyles while preparing to be the leaders of tomorrow. 

To learn more about GameChanger, visit gamechangerusa.org

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.