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Highland School to host anti-heroin documentary

Wednesday, May. 4 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
On May 20, the Sheriff's Office and the Travis Project invite the community to a screening of the anti-opiate documentary "Chasing the Dragon" at Highland School's Rice Auditorium.

The documentary will start at 1 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. The 45-minute film, recently unveiled by the FBI and DEA, features first-person accounts of people who have abused opiate drugs like heroin -- or the parents of abusers.

"The film may be difficult to watch, 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," said FBI Director James Corney.

The Travis Project, named for heroin overdose victim Travis Rose, has worked with the Sheriff's Office to raise awareness and combat the widespread use of heroin and opiates in the community. Through a PATH Foundation grant, the Travis Project helped equip Fauquier deputies with training and doses of Naloxone, an anti-narcotic drug. Deputies have already used the drug to halt two potentially fatal overdoses.

To read more about "Chasing the Dragon" and to watch the documentary in full, click here.

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