On March 24, 2019 (Sunday), the FBISTLCAAA sponsored a joint DEA and FBI event held at Festus 8 Cinema to raise awareness about opioid abuse. The goal of showing Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict is to help people understand the critical components of opioid addiction – how easily it can began, the downward cycle that ensues, followed by tragic consequences.
FBI SAC Rich Quinn and DEA SAC Bill Callahan explained their desire to provide information, resources, and support to communities beyond the City and County of St. Louis. They also strongly encouraged the attendees who the packed auditorium with the following: (1) To engage with resources made available at the event if they know someone who may need help. (2) To show the documentary to others, especially in high schools. Anyone can watch the 50-minute documentary online: https://www.fbi.gov/video-repository/newss-chasing-the-dragon-the-life-of-an-opiate-addict/view
After the showing, the executive director of NCADA moderated a panel discussion with FBI, DEA, Jefferson County Drug Prevention Coalition, COMTREA, and an individual in recovery.
See more about the event as published in a local periodical, Leader Publications, titled: Opioid addiction film delivers powerful message.
Additional information and support resources:
- NCADA: (314) 962-3456, http://ncada-stl.org/
- MO-HOPE: https://MOHopeProject.org
- Opioid STR: https://MissouriOpioidSTR.org
- United Way of Great St. Louis: 211 or (800) 427-4626; http://www.211helps.org/
- Behavioral Health Response: 24-hour Crisis Line: (314) 469-664 or (800) 811-4760, http://bhrstl.org/