‘Chasing the Dragon’ — FBI Documentary Raises Addiction Awareness

The FBI and DEA have released Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict a documentary intended to educate students and young adults on the dangers of drug abuse through startling first-person accounts of those who have suffered the consequences.

The 45-minute film, whose title refers to the never-ending pursuit of the original or ultimate high, features stark first-person accounts told by individuals who have abused opioids or whose children have abused opioids, with tragic consequences.

“This film may be difficult to watch,” explains FBI Director James Comey, “but we hope it educates our students and young adults about the tragic consequences that come with abusing these drugs and that it will cause people to think twice before becoming its next victim.”

And according to Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, “The numbers are appalling—tens of thousands of Americans will die this year from drug-related deaths, and more than half of these deaths are from heroin and prescription opioid overdoses. I hope this [documentary] will be a wakeup call for folks.”

Visit the FBI Chasing the Dragon website for more information including discussion guides and behind the scenes materials.

Join us for a screening of Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict at the 2016 MACo Winter Conference. The screening will be held from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 7.

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December  7-9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “An Ounce of Prevention.”

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