The Figge Museum was a fitting setting on Thursday for the Davenport film premiere screening of "Warning, Take Only as Directed."
Written and produced by Trish Figge Glowacki, the film concerns the appropriate response to opioid, or painkiller use, in the nation's school systems.
Glowacki, an Assumption High School graduate, lost her 20-year-old son, Charlie, to an opioid overdose. After his death in 2011, she said she found the strength to write the film script and market the movie, as well as educational materials.
All are free, online.
Glowacki, who was thrilled with the turnout of more than 130 people in a galley at the museum, said she heard her late son in her head: "Mom, you can do this!"
She approached the Los Angeles public school district in Califoria in 2014, and at first, officials hesitated. But now, Glowacki is contacted, weekly or more often, by educators who want to screen the film.
"People love it," she said.
Kids have a perspective that prescription drugs are safe, she said, and Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski agreed. Sikorski said while heroin abuse is up in the local area, and rising drastically, many users say they started with painkillers, found in the homes of unsuspecting parents, or grandparents.
Police also see a steady amount of abuse of painkillers, but the police chief suggests it's parents and older family members who must be educated about who has access to the medicine cabinet at home.
"People get prescribed painkillers, they don't use them all, and the empty bottle just sits there," Sikorski said.
The Davenport premiere was arranged with the help of Jeff Justin, an alderman in Davenport, and it involved Dale Fisher, who graduated with Justin from Central High School but now lives in Los Angeles.
Glowacki, of Glow Media, offers "Warning," and three more films about teen-age issues, for use by teachers and mental health professionals. For information: glowmedia.org, or search Glow Media on Facebook.