Loudoun Screening of Opioid Epidemic Documentary Scheduled for Oct. 4 in Sterling

Loudoun Screening of Opioid Epidemic Documentary Scheduled for Oct. 4 in Sterling

Every year, more Americans die from opioid addiction than were killed in the Vietnam War.

A group of Loudoun County activists working to battle this growing crisis have teamed up to present a special screening of “Do No Harm,” a documentary about the opioid epidemic.

The showing is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Dulles Town Center 10 in Sterling. Tickets are $13.25 and must be purchased in advance at gathr.us/screening/23935 or by scanning the QR code embedded in the flyer for the event displayed with this story. A minimum number of paid reservations is needed to ensure the screening, so people purchasing tickets will not be charged until that threshold is reached.

“Do No Harm” outlines the growing opioid addiction epidemic, is the worst man-made public health epidemic in American history.

“The ‘Do No Harm’ documentary is going to be essential to educating the public about the harms of the opioid epidemic, its roots and what they can do about it,” said Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association

Local activists Megan Imbert, Heather Gottlieb and Sam Lucania have teamed up to bring the screening to Loudoun County.

Working closely with Dr. Andrew Kolodny and Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, the documentary exposes how this catastrophic man-made public health crisis began. Filmed in the opioid epidemic ground zeros of Seattle, Kentucky and New Hampshire, the film features stories from recovering addicts and families with losses. It reveals the insights of leading doctors and law enforcement officers, reports the failure of drug companies to take appropriate responsibility for the crisis and donations legislators have received, and focuses on those who fight back with effective, long-lasting treatment programs.

Narrated by actor Ed Harris, the 90-minute feature sheds light on the suspicious circumstances that have led to the opioid crisis.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, heroin is more dangerous, more addictive and more potent than any drug epidemic Virginia has ever seen. Among new heroin users, about 80 percent report having abused commonly prescribed opioid pain medications prior to using heroin. This event will also serve as an awareness activity for The Chris Atwood Foundation.

For more information, visit donoharmdocumentary.com or hardesthitva.com.

Joseph Dill