Happy Valley

Synopsis: Deep in the heart of Utah, commonly referred to as "Happy Valley," residents enjoy one of the lowest crime rates, highest literacy and language fluency - even the most jello consumption - across the nation. Yet under the glossy exterior of this beautiful community, there are less popular categories that Happy Valley contends in but doesn't advertise, including prescription drug abuse, double the national average of anti-depressant drugs, even suicide. In Happy Valley at least one teen per week dies from drug overdose. The real-life true story, Happy Valley, sheds light on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Utah County and, as importantly, the associated issues of denial, conformity, social pressure and guilt. The film intimately follows several lives and families that have been dramatically affected by prescription drug abuse leading to street drug abuse and addiction. From these stories and a single father's journey to reunite a family emerge unconditional love, forgive
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): R.K. Williams
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
6.4
PG-13
Year:
2008
90 min
17 Views


That's me hanging

with my most precious gift,

my daughter, Maron.

I guess I'm a cross between

a single dad and a single mom,

and I have been

for some time now.

I'm privileged, I'm blessed,

I'm responsible, I'm happy.

God, I love her.

She's the only little girl

that I know

that, while playing dress-up,

wore my baseball cleats

as high heels.

Where's her mother?

Well, it took making this movie

to really answer that question.

I don't know,

but maybe every community,

on some level,

resembles Happy Valley.

And the prescription was for,

like, 10 of these Lortab.

So 10 pain pills.

And so I thought,

"Well, you know what?

The guy just writes it

with a pen.

We'll just get a pen,

and we'll just change

the prescription, " you know?

And he's like,

"What do you mean?

We can't write another one,"

you know?

So my buddy goes,

"Well, let's just do this."

He took out his pen, and he's

got the actual prescription.

Where it says at the bottom,

"Dispense 10,"

he takes the 10,

and he changes the 1 to a 7.

So instead of getting 10,

it was 70 Lortab... 7. 5.

And it looked horrible.

'Cause the 10 was, like,

straight up, you know?

And usually a 7

is kind of at an angle.

And so it was this... like

an upside down "L" for the 10.

I mean, it was horrible.

Anybody could...

So I'm going,

"You got to be kidding me.

We take this in,

I mean, instantly you're

gonna get caught."

He goes, "No.

This will work."

So I said, "Well, you got to be

careful where you take it."

So we literally shopped around

to find a pharmacy

where it would be the lowest

risk of getting caught.

And so we went down,

and there was a pharmacy

in Mapleton that we found.

We went in there,

and there was this lady

that was 104 if she was...

I'm not kidding.

She actually, I think, started

pharmacies in the United States.

She's the first pharmacy

in Utah.

He goes in there

with this stupid prescription.

It looked horrible.

This lady... I don't

think she could see.

She goes, "Okay, well, youse

want to wait a few minutes."

Oh, that's quite a few

pain pills."

I was out in the car

just sweating, waiting.

He was in there

for a quite a while.

I thought, "He got caught."

I'm just waiting

for something to happen.

All of a sudden I see

the front door's opened.

He comes out going, " I told you!

She's so old, she..."

And he got 70 Lor...

And that was the start of

this whole ridiculous thing.

So if you were to look

at your history...

How many drugs have you taken?

Do you know?

I've probably eaten your weight

in pain pills.

That's a lot.

Well, you're not a small man.

And I'm just gonna say,

from this standpoint,

don't be afraid to miss a meal

here and there.

But no.

And that's just a health issue

more than anything.

I mean, I remember that one time

you and I were in Vegas.

You about killed me

when I stepped in front of you

at the buffet line.

There's no need for that, Ron.

There's plenty for everybody.

That's what it is... a buffet.

I've lived here most of my life.

And there's a lot of things

I like about it.

I've traveled around quite a

bit, but I've always come back.

I feel like it's a safe place

to raise my children.

It's a close-knit community.

Our neighborhood is great.

It just has a good feel to it.

Good atmosphere.

Utah's a beautiful state.

A really nice place to come to.

As they say,

"The best snow on earth."

I'm not Mormon, but I like

the values of the LDS religion.

I like it a lot.

Mostly because of the nature,

you know?

We got the mountains 10 minutes

away, the lake 2 minutes away.

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