Addiction Awareness Program Planned Tuesday at Briar Woods

As part of the Department of Justice’s National Opioid and Heroin Awareness Week, a free screening of the documentary “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” will be offered at Briar Woods High School on Tuesday.

The documentary, developed by the FBI and the DEA, is aimed at educating students and young adults on the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. The documentary will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by NBC-4 reporter Julie Carey.

Panelists are Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Loudoun Sheriff Michael L. Chapman; Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Washington Field Division; Lt. James A. Cox, III, Supervisor of Organized Crime and Narcotics Division of the Fairfax County Police Department ; Jennifer Wall, Supervisor of Student Assistance Services at Loudoun County Public Schools Todd A. Wills, Special Populations Service Coordinator for Loudoun County Mental Health; and Nicholas Yacoub, Addiction Recovery focused Certified Peer Specialist with the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance in Virginia.

The event will take place in the auditorium at Briar Woods High School, located at 22525 Belmont Ridge Road.

The event is being coordinated by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Police Department, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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