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FBI and DEA debut heroin epidemic video in Westmont

Jun 09, 2016 09:05AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

The FBI, DEA, and Village of Westmont recently teamed up to debut the release of a new educational video titled Chasing the Dragon at Westmont High School. The film depicts the tragedies associated with drug abuse—specifically prescription drugs and heroin.

“This initial debut of the video was intended for teachers and media only,” said Police Chief Tom Mulhearn who was a featured speaker on the guest panel after the showing. “The goal of this initiative is to get everyone talking about this troublesome situation—teachers, kids, families, parents, law enforcement. This is a problem that will only get addressed properly if there is proactive education, awareness, and action.”

“This epidemic does not discriminate. All across this country, it is taking good people from good homes and leading them down a trail that often ends in pain and sadness,” said FBI Director James Comey. “This 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.”

Statistics show that overdose deaths from heroin abuse have more than doubled since 2010. More people die each year from drug overdoses than die in car accidents. Because an opioid addiction can take hold after the first use, it is hoped that this film will help generate discussions that will lead a greater understanding of the dangers of the addiction, its impact on both the victim and their loved ones, and the often deadly consequences of opioid abuse.

Chasing the Dragon is a compelling presentation that includes some harsh language and graphic images—viewer discretion is advised. A copy of the video can be found on the FBI website at fbi.gov. If anyone has questions about drug abuse: do not hesitate, please contact the police department at 630-981-6300 or call 9-1-1.

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