The number of drug-related death cases in Knox and Anderson counties continues to increase, according to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center.
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, ASAP of Anderson in cooperation with Anderson County EMS and in coordination with community partners in Anderson County are hosting a screening of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict.” The FBI and DEA have released this documentary aimed at educating students, young adults, parents and other community members about the dangers of dependence and addiction.
What: Chasing the Dragon: Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Our Community
When: February 20th, 6PM – 8PM
Where: Clinton Middle School, Auditorium
Who: Parents, Teachers/School Administration, Students, and any other interested community members
Following the film, a Q & A session will be held with a community panel. Panelists include representatives from Anderson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Anderson County Schools, Clinton Police Department, Clinton Fire Department, Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services, and ASAP.
Prior to the start of the event, attendees will be able to browse information and talk with local community partners.
Immediately following, ASAP is also sponsoring a short Narcan (Naloxone) Training for anyone interested in receiving a FREE Narcan kit. Did you know 90% of individuals that die of an overdose suffered a nonfatal overdose in the past 12 months? Narcan saves lives and prevents overdose deaths. For more information, please contact ASAP of Anderson at (865) 457-3007.