Opioid abuse documentary screens Tuesday at Chief | SteamboatToday.com

Opioid abuse documentary screens Tuesday at Chief

A scene from the documentary "Chasing the Dragon."

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What: Screening of "Chasing the Dragon"

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

— In an effort to continue the community’s conversation about the opioid abuse epidemic, a powerful, educational film on the life of opioid addicts will be screened Tuesday in Steamboat Springs.

The documentary, “Chasing the Dragon,” was released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency in February to help raise awareness about opioid abuse nationwide.

The Denver chapter of the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association — with support from the county’s Rx Task Force — will host the screening from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Chief Theater.

The Rx Task Force screened the film in May as part of a three-part prevention presentation series.

FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association board member Joel Wefel said the association is passionate about educating the public about issues such as opioid abuse.

“At the end of the day, we’re kind of all in this together,” said Wefel, who works for Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services and is also board president of Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide.

Wefel said the screening will allow the community to continue the conversation about opioid abuse and learn about available resources.

After the film, members of the Rx Task Force will be available to field questions from attendees.

Rx Task Force founder Mara Rhodes said she’s supportive of continuing to educate the public about the opioid abuse epidemic, as well as providing the public with information about other drugs, legal and illegal, that may lead to opioid abuse.

Rhodes said she is encouraged by the Steamboat Springs City Council’s recent discussion about possible sales taxes that would generate money for more drug prevention efforts and community education.

“We can’t just hope for the best,” Rhodes said. “We have to educate the community in any possible way we can.”

Rhodes said today’s youth would be growing up navigating a world with far more drugs, including legal substances, than their parents were exposed to.

“It’s a completely different environment now,” she said.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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