The Opiate Effect

Airs Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ABC22.

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Will Gates died from a heroin overdose in 2009. His father skip began a journey to try and educate as many people as possible of the harm in not only the drug, but how we are dealing with the problem. Through the voices of Skip, his son Sam, former opiate abusers, The HowardCenter, Senator Leahy, Tristram Coffin, Attorney General Holder and more; we find ourselves amidst reality.

Brought to you without interruption by: People's United Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Documentary by:
Green River Pictures and the U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Vermont

Directed by:
Derek Hallquist


  • Bob Bick - Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Matt Cobb
  • Tristram Coffin - U.S. Attorney
  • Sam Gates
  • Skip Gates
  • Eric Holder, Jr. - U.S. Attorney General
  • Patrick Leahy - Senator (D-Vt.)
  • Marisha Morgan
  • Michael Schirling - Burlington Police Chief
  • Moni Turner

Warning Signs

Look for changes in?

    • Behavior
      • Relationships
        • Biggest change in friends
        • Don?t want parents to meet new friends
        • Missing Items
          • Monetary value Medications
          • Dispose of unused meds
      • Mood
      • Sleep patterns
      • Speech
      • Health
        • Weight
        • Nosebleeds
        • Sores
    • Appearance
      • Track Marks
      • Hygiene
      • Messy

Helpful Resources


"William Henry Philbrick Gates Fund" has been established by  Public Health Collaborative of Redington-Fairview General Hospital. Donations can be written out to Redington-Fairview General Hospital, noted for "William Henry Philbrick Gates Fund" and sent to:

Public Health Collaboe
PO Box 468 Skowhegan, ME 04976
Contact of project director is Bill Primmerman, his phone number is 207-474-7473 X 201