February 18, 2016
Contact: SA John Leonard
Phone Number: 314-538-4600
St. Louis Hosts A Private Screening For The Video "Chasing The Dragon"
ST. LOUIS - -The St. Louis DEA division and FBI offices hosted a private movie screening of the DEA/FBI produced “Chasing the Dragon” video. The invited audience consisted of over 70 school superintendents, principals and educators from both public and private schools in the greater St. Louis area, as well as, members from several local coalitions who are in active partnership with the DEA St. Louis division. These coalitions included prevention and treatment organizations, the Public Health Department and a group of parents who have lost a child to heroin.
The goal of the documentary is to educate high school students and young adults about the dangers of prescription drug and heroin abuse. “Chasing the Dragon” is a 45-minute film featuring several people, who either abused opiates or had family members become addicts. It shows the cycle of addiction and looks at the tragic consequences associated with opioid abuse.
Following the very powerful movie, there was a panel interview with both DEA and FBI representatives, a recovering heroin addict, a mother who lost a daughter to heroin and an epidemiologist from the Department of Health. The panel took lots of questions from both the coalitions and the schools.