Community forum on meth addiction to feature documentary produced by UI Alum Katie Kuntz

IowaWatch will stop the Iowa City Public Library’s Meeting Room A this Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to screen Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland, a new documentary produced by UI alum Katie Kuntz.

The documentary demonstrates meth use in Iowa by uncovering the story of two recovering-addict mothers from Council Bluffs, Iowa through interviews with their families, as well as other Iowans who are trying to break their meth addictions.

In the documentary, Kuntz focuses in on the idea of the drug abuse cycle, explaining how the children of drug-using parents often develop a habit themselves, creating a cycle of addiction and abuse. The documentary will also touch on the general use of methamphetamine in Iowa.

The forum will begin with a screening, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with the audience. Panelists include documentary producer Katie Kuntz, as well as recovering meth addict and recovery activist Glennis Guerrero, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office jail alternatives coordinator Jessica Peckover and MECCA Services clinical director Fonda Frazier.

Kuntz produced the documentary for IowaWatch with collaborative assistance from Iowa Public Television before graduating from the UI in May 2014. She currently works at Rocky Mountain PBS I-News in Denver, Colorado as an investigative reporter.

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