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“Small Town Strong will change the way America sees, feels and responds to addiction. We explore how
Portsmouth, Ohio changed what was once a “them” problem to an “us” solution.”
-Chase Millsap, co-director
Realizing no one is coming to save them from a growing opioid crisis, the people of Portsmouth Ohio, led by Army veteran Dale King, band together to create real change. Their unorthodox strategy takes on addiction and recovery through fitness. Fueled by the energy and community of Dale’s gym, this documentary follows the town’s comeback through the lens of one woman’s recovery.
The documentary is co-directed by brothers Chase and Spencer Millsap (National Geographic- The Captain’s Story). Executive Producers are Maile Gerken Millsap (The Big Bang Theory),
Dale King, Sharon Schindel
and J. David Harden.
Check out Team Small Town Strong on
the Kelly Clarkson Show.
Dale, Andrew, Jamie & Chase had an amazing time in LA with Kelly.
In 2020, approximately 11 Ohioans died every single day of an accidental opioid overdose, and the city of Portsmouth was widely known as ground zero. Dale King and Chase Millsap, both combat veterans, have made it their mission to bring Portsmouth back to health, one workout at a time.
By putting a human face to a major struggle, King and his team hope that the opioid epidemic will stop being known as an “us versus them” issue.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) - When an Army Intelligence Officer returned to his hometown of Portsmouth in 2007, he saw the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic. After serving two tours in Iraq, he brought those skills home and put them to use.
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