Discussions and town hall meetings to kick off year-long program across Rhode Island
to raise awareness about heroin and opioid addiction
On Friday, President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch designated
the week of September 19-23, 2016, as National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week.
Regional town hall meetings and discussions organized in collaboration with
Prevention Coalitions from across Rhode Island, and open to the public, will be held
in Providence, South Kingstown, Woonsocket and Middletown on Monday, September 19
thru Thursday, September 22, respectively. Each program will include the screening
of the powerful documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opioid Addict; the
personal stories of our neighbors touched by the epidemic of drug overdoses that is
devastating families across Rhode Island; and a discussion with members of the
medical, treatment, education, community-outreach and law enforcement communities.
Parents, students, teachers, school administrators and the public are strongly
encouraged to join the discussion at these events.
On Monday, September 19, 2016, at 10:00 am, at the Brown University School of
Professional Studies, 200 Dyer Street, Providence, United States Attorney Peter F.
Neronha, joined by United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, will
kick off National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week in Rhode Island with a screening
of the powerful documentary Chasing the Dragon; the personal story of a local person
impacted by addiction; and a discussion about heroin and opioid addiction awareness
with local physicians, treatment specialists, educators, and the leadership of the
FBI, DEA, and local law enforcement.
Town hall meetings and discussion events around Rhode Island will continue on
Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Each program will include a screening of Chasing the
Dragon, the personal stories of local families and individuals impacted by
addiction, and a discussion about heroin and opioid addiction awareness with local
physicians, treatment specialists, educators, and the leadership of the FBI, DEA,
and local law enforcement.
The schedule for Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week programs in Rhode Island for the
week of September 19, 2016, is as follows:
Monday, September 19, 2016
Brown University School of Professional Studies
200 Dyer Street, Providence
Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 p.m.
South Kingstown High School Auditorium
215 Columbia Street, Wakefield
Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 p.m.
Woonsocket City Hall, Harris Hall
169 Main Street, Woonsocket
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.
Middletown Town Hall, Council Chambers
350 Main Road, Middletown
The public and the media are strongly encouraged to attend and to participate in the