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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Oswego County Prevention Coalition and United States Attorney’s Office to Screen Opiate Drugs Documentary in Oswego on Tuesday Evening April 11, 2017

Panel Discussion Will Follow Film at Oswego Elks Lodge

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - In response to the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the Oswego County Prevention Coalition and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York are jointly sponsoring a community event April 11th at the Oswego Elks Lodge.

 

The evening begins at 5:30 PM with agency resource tables and will feature a 6:30 PM showing of “Chasing the Dragon,” a 45-minute documentary film that profiles the stories of real people and their families experiencing opiate addiction, loss and treatment. Created by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), “Chasing the Dragon” profiles the cycle of addiction and looks at the tragic consequences associated with opioid abuse. Immediately following the film will be an interactive community panel discussion focusing on the local response in Oswego to the epidemic of opiate drug addiction.

 

April 11, 2017 – Anti-Opiate/Heroin Community Event

5:30 PM resource tables

6:30 – 8:30 PM “Chasing the Dragon” Documentary and Community Panel

Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 West 5th Street, Oswego, NY 13126

 

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian said, “The opioid drug epidemic has afflicted communities, families, and individuals throughout the thirty-two counties of the Northern District of New York and across the nation. My office will continue to work with local drug coalitions to bring ‘Chasing the Dragon: the Life of an Opiate Addict’ and its powerful prevention message to a wide audience. Only by working together to prevent the tragedy of addiction and loss, can we begin to overcome this grave threat to public health and safety.”

 

The documentary features interviews with former addicts and their families discussing the effects of addiction, and how the opiate epidemic is unlike any this country has seen in the past. Also included are medical and law enforcement professionals discussing opiate drugs and the current crisis. “Chasing the Dragon” provides a vivid and thought provoking message of prevention and includes strong language and graphic images suitable for children age 12 and up.

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Community Outreach
Updated April 10, 2017