Several West Virginia University and community groups are joining efforts to discuss the Morgantown area’s approach to combatting the opioid epidemic.
The WVU School of Public Health, Milan Puskar Health Right, the Monongalia County Health Department, WVU Collegiate Recovery Program, and WVU Student Government Association will host a November 16 community screening of the Netflix original short documentary “Heroin(e),” followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is supporting the event.
The screening will begin at 6 p.m. at The Metropolitan Theatre on High Street in downtown Morgantown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“Heroin(e)” follows three women in Huntington as they fight the opioid epidemic in a city with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. The film was directed by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon, a West Virginia native and WVU alumna.
Following the screening, School of Public Health Dean Jeffrey Coben, MD, will moderate a panel discussion with WVU representatives and local professionals currently working to address the opiate issue in the Morgantown area. Panelists include Laura Jones, director of Milan Puskar Health Right; James Berry, DO, WVU associate professor and director of addictions and medical director at the WVU Medicine Chestnut Ridge Center; Dr. Cathy Yura, director of the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program; Edward Preston, Chief of Police in Morgantown; and Sheldon.
Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions as well.
“Heroin(e)” was produced in partnership with The Center for Investigative Reporting through the Glassbreaker Films initiative to support female filmmakers, made possible with support from the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation. The film premiered at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival and has been shortlisted for a Cinema Eye Award.