Free film about opiate addiction to screen Tuesday at Virginia Beach library

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A free documentary about opiate addiction will air at Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach on Oct. 18, followed by a panel discussion with law enforcement and addiction experts. (Photo courtesy Federal Bureau of Investigation)

A free documentary about opiate addiction will screen at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach on Oct. 18, followed by a panel discussion with law enforcement and addiction experts. (Photo courtesy Federal Bureau of Investigation)

The growing scourge of prescription drug and heroin addiction will be the focus of a free public film presentation and panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Auditorium in Virginia Beach.

Hosted by Virginia Beach Crime Solvers, the event will begin at 6 p.m. with a screening of the FBI film “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict.” The documentary explores the prescription drug and heroin epidemic in the United States by focusing on real-life users and their families.

Following the film there will be presentations and a panel discussion featuring experts in criminal justice and addiction treatment.

Those experts will include Christina Pullen of the FBI’s Norfolk field office; David Langille, a doctor who treats opioid addiction; Saulo Ortiz of the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center; and Commonwealth’s Attorney Coline Stolle. The panel discussion will be moderated by Gary Harki, a reporter with the Virginian-Pilot.

Those attending the event, at 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., will have the opportunity to ask the experts questions.

Resource tables will be available outside the library auditorium from 5:30 to 6 p.m. The event is scheduled to conclude at 8:30 p.m.

Additional information is available by calling 757-385-8995.

 

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