The City Without Drugs – Green Task Force will host Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict on January 12at 6:30 pm in the Green High School Auditorium, 1474 Boettler Road.
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have produced the documentary aimed at educating parents, students, young adults and senior citizens about the dangers of addiction. Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict is a 45-minute documentary film that profiles the stories of several people who either abused opiates or had family members become addicts, the cycle of addiction and looks at the tragic consequences associated with opioid abuse. The documentary also features interviews with medical and law enforcement professionals discussing the effects of the addiction, and how this epidemic is unlike any this country has seen before.
Because opioid addiction can take hold after the first use, the film is meant to send a message of deterrence to those either thinking of trying drugs or just beginning to use drugs.
“This epidemic does not discriminate. All across this country, it is taking good people from good homes and leading them down a trail that often ends in pain and sadness,” said FBI Director James Comey. “This film may be difficult to watch, but we hope it educates our communities and young adults about the tragic consequences that come with abusing these drugs and that it will cause people to think twice before becoming its next victim.”
The opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic has swept through Summit County and the country. Because an opioid addiction can take hold after the first use, it is hoped that this film will help generate discussions that will lead to a greater understanding of the dangers of the addiction, its impact on both the victim and their loved ones, and the often deadly consequences of opioid abuse.
All are invited to Chasing the Dragon – Life of an Opiate Addict, on Thursday, January 12at Green High School auditorium. Doors open at 6 pm and the program will begin at 6:30 pm with a Deterra drug deactivation system presentation.[VW1] A panel discussion moderated by. Jerry Craig, Executive Director of the Summit County ADM Board, will follow the film. Members of the City of Green Drug Task Force and other experts in the area of drug abuse and prevention will remain after the program for small group discussion and support. This is an adult only forum, however students 14 and older will be permitted if accompanied by parents or guardians. There is no charge for this event.
Each attendee will receive a Deterra kit, sponsored by the Summit County Community Partnership and numerous resources and information will be available.
The City Without Drugs -- Green Task Force is a volunteer committee of safety service representatives, community leaders, health care professionals and those committed to building a strong and healthy community through education, treatment options and care to combat the growing opiate epidemic in Green, Ohio. The task force is following the program Cities without Drugs created by the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The City of Green, Ohio, founded in 1992, is a prosperous, progressive and promising city of 26,000 residents. Approximately 33.5 square-miles, Green is located in southern Summit County. Visit www.cityofgreen.org.