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Special Event to Create Awareness of Opiate Abuse to be held Sept. 17

Jefferson Community College (JCC) and the Alliance for Better Communities will host a 2-part special event on Saturday, September 17 featuring a screening of the movie, Chasing the Dragon: the Life on an Opiate Addict, followed with a performance by Stephen Fogarty also known as TW1TCH. The movie screening will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Sturtz Theater and TW1TCH at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. 

The event will bring awareness about the ease with which people can fall into addiction, usually starting with prescription pain medications.  Chasing the Dragon is a compilation of heart-wrenching first person accounts by addicts and family family members who abused opiates. Made possible by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chasing the Dragon is unfiltered, impassioned, and unscripted in the hopes of saving lives. 

Following the movie, TW1TCH, a person in recovery from opiate addiction, will perform.  He channels his pain and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness he experienced while actively addicted into his art he offers a strong message of hope. Following his performance, TW1TCH will host a question and answer session. 

Presently, Jefferson County is experiencing an unprecedented prescription drug abuse and heroin crisis.  Jefferson County is in the midst of an unprecedented opiate and heroin crisis.  Many lives have been lost in 2016 and many more lives have been devastated – families struggling to incorporate unspeakable losses.   Many more are struggling with opiate addiction, stigma, and hopelessness.  Too often, addiction is perceived as deserved and shameful, leaving families and friends to grieve in silence or addicted users alone in their struggles to recover. ACR Health will provide Narcan kits to those who complete the onsite training. 

The first 100 attendees will receive a free event T-shirt. 

For more information, contact the JCC Student Activities Office, at 315-786-2431 or the Alliance for Better Communities at 315-788-4660 or email at aseefried-brown@pivot2health.com