The USAO MDFL partnered with the Jacksonville offices of the FBI and DEA to present a screening of Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict at Edward Waters College. The 45-minute documentary film profiles the stories of individuals who have either abused opiates or had family members become addicts. It profiles the cycle of addiction and looks at the tragic consequences associated with opioid abuse.
USAO Community Outreach Specialist Khalilah Escalera provided an overview of the film and welcomed panelists AUSA Beatriz Gonzalez, FBI Special Agent Steven Burrows, DEA Special Agent Rodney Blunt, and Lindsey Nelson from the Department of Children and Families' Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. The panelists answered questions from the audience and discussed the local impact, enforcement efforts, and current trends of the opioid epidemic. More than 100 students and community members particpated in the event.