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FBI-Norfolk hosting screening of new documentary about opioid abuse

April 7, 2016 | Virginia News

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Norfolk Field Office is hosting a premier screening of a new documentary titled “Chasing the Dragon, The life of an Opiate Addict,” on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cinema Café Greenbrier, Chesapeake.

The film was produced by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to educate high school students and young adults about the dangers of prescription drug and opioid abuse, and the tragic consequences of addiction.  The Norfolk office's goal is to promote the film to local educators and professionals who work with young people and encourage them to consider incorporating the film into their drug awareness program or  curriculum.  THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE MEDIA.

Also, here is a link to more information about documentary and the overall effort of the FBI and DEA to raise awareness about the national epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse: https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-dea-release-documentary-film-addressing-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will include representatives from the DEA, United States Attorney’s Office, and the Tidewater District Medical Examiner’s office,. The panel will also feature a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in addiction issues, and Mrs. Carolyn Weems, a mother and member of the Virginia Beach School Board who will share the story of her daughter Caitlin and her family’s journey. FBI Public Affairs Advisor Michael Kulstad will moderate the panel discussion.  Mike was a part of the FBI team that produced the video and has become a passionate advocate of promoting awareness and prevention nationwide.

The crisis involving prescription drug and opioid abuse is unlike any we have ever seen. Statistics show that deaths from opioid overdoses are one of the leading causes of accidental death in our country. In June of 2010, the CDC announced that 1 in 5 high school students had abused a prescription drug. And, as law enforcement has worked hard to address the prescription drug abuse epidemic, heroin has made a resurgence. We are at a critical point and need the support of our nation’s educators.

There has been an overwhelming response to the event. So far, at least 150 RSVPs have been received and they continue to trickle in every day. The RSVPs include educators, health care and mental health professionals, social workers, and first responders.  

For more information, contact Norfolk FBI Public Affairs Specialist Christina Pullen at (757)635-6107.

Premier of “Chasing the Dragon:  The Life of an Opioid Addict”

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Presentation time: 11:00 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m.

Cinema Café Greenbrier
1401 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA

RSVP: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Refreshments and a special lunch menu offering an entrée and a drink
for $9.99 plus tax and gratuity will be available for purchase.

Christina Pullen
Public Affairs Specialist
FBI - Norfolk
Direct (757)609-2687
Mobile (757)635-6107