HOMEWORK. COLLEGE ESSAYS. SOCIAL MEDIA. SPORTS. VOLUNTEERING. PART-TIME JOBS. FRIENDS. Teens' lives are jam-packed from the time they wake up until the time they can finally sleep and just keeping up is a daily struggle for some.

BREAKING POINTS, directed by Tucker Capps, is a 30-minute documentary intended for adults that explores the stress and pressures our teens face every day, as well as the unhealthy ways that many of them cope, including abusing prescription stimulants.

About The Film

BREAKING POINTS includes candid perspectives from high-school and college students, as well as nationally recognized experts, challenging the misperceived “safety” and effectiveness of using prescription stimulants without a doctor’s prescription. It serves as a catalyst to inform discussions about what parents and communities can do to support teens struggling to manage stress.

Directed by Tucker Capps See Bio

Tucker Capps is a writer, editor and filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where his fiction was chosen for Best New American Voices. He has directed films in Tanzania, Alaska, the Czech Republic and China. His feature-length documentary GOOLD’S GOLD was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature at the Genart Film Festival in New York. He has produced many television episodes for a variety of networks, including A&E's Emmy-winning series INTERVENTION and Showtime's TIME OF DEATH, which won the International Documentary Association's annual award for Best Limited Series. In collaboration with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, he also co-directed OUT OF REACH, a film about pharmaceutical drug abuse featured on THE TODAY SHOW. He lives in Downtown Los Angeles.

Experts

  • Dr. Meredith Grossman,
    Clinical Psychologist about 
  • Mary Cate Hauenstein, High School Counselor,

    Experiential Education Yoga Instructor about 
  • Jeni Johnstone, PHD, Psychology Post-Doctorate

    Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University about 
  • Jamison Monroe, Founder and CEO,

    Newport Academy about 

Jeni Johnstone, PhD, is a Psychology Resident, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Affiliate Psychiatry Instructor at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. Prior to her time at OHSU, she received a PhD in Psychological Medicine from the University of Otago in New Zealand. She also holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Post-Graduate diploma in Clinical Psychology from the University of Canterbury.

  • Denise Pope, Author of "Overloaded and Underprepared,"
    Challenge Success, Stanford about 
  • Alan Schwarz, National Correspondent,
    The New York Times about 
  • Dr. Nora Volkow, Director,
    National Institute On Drug Abuse about 
  • Matthew Zito, Chief Facilities Officer,
    Former High School Principal about 

Matthew Zito is the Chief Facilities Officer for the Sequoia Union High School District in Redwood City, California, where he oversees the planning and development of new buildings on the district's four campuses and at Redwood Continuation School. From 2007-2015, he served as principal at Menlo-Atherton High School, where he focused on improving the instructional experience for students.

Purchase & Download

By purchasing the film, you are helping the Partnership create programs and tools to help families address teen substance abuse and support those impacted by addiction.

Whether for your own viewing or a school/community group or corporate screening, your purchase includes action sheets with tips on stress management, talking with teens about stress, how to safeguard your medicine and a drug fact sheet. Groups and corporations will also receive tools and promotional materials to help host a screening.

School/Community Screening

This includes:
  • Film (digital download)
  • Action/Tip Sheets
  • Fact Sheet
  • Screening Guide
  • Movie Poster (PDF)
  • Customizable Invite
  • Customizable Press Release

250 | download

Individual
purchase

This includes:
  • Film (digital download)
  • Action/Tip Sheets
  • Fact Sheet

25 | download

School/Community Screening Application

Get all of the content included under our School/Community Screening Package at no cost for a limited time. Submit your application below to request it.

Individual
One-Time Rental

This includes:
  • Film (streaming rental)

5 | rent

61% of teens say stress and anxiety have a large impact on their lives and 49% of all teens struggle to manage these mental states

Resources

Extended Interviews

Infographics

High-School Students:
 Coping with Stress

High-School Students:

Coping with Stress

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College Students:
 Stimulant Abuse

College Students:

Stimulant Abuse

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Additional Resources

Press Release

BREAKING POINTS Press Release

Medicine Abuse Project

The Medicine Abuse Project - tools for families and communities

Out of Reach

Out Of Reach - Partnership documentary about the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse

“I REALLY LIKED THE FILM AND THOUGHT THAT IT GAVE A GREAT PERSPECTIVE TO SO MANY WHO REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE LEVEL OF STRESS ON OUR KIDS TODAY.”