Free Screening of Chasing The Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. The film focuses on educating the public about the dangers of opioid addiction and features stark, first-person accounts by individuals who have abused opioids, or whose children have abused opioids with tragic consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 46 people die every day in America from an overdose of prescription painkillers. From 1999 to 2017, almost 218,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2017 than in 1999.
The public is invited to a free viewing of the film on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Oscar B. Goodman Room at The Mob Museum located at 300 Stewart Ave. (downtown Las Vegas, steps from Fremont St.). A brief introduction by FBI Special Agent Christina Burt will precede the viewing.