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Local groups host event to fight opioid abuse

Patrick Hayes
October 20, 2018 10:39 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Local leaders wanting to combat opioid abuse and addiction came together Saturday afternoon for a special event.

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“Community Crisis: Combating Opioid Addiction in New Mexico” was hosted by the FBI Albuquerque Citizens Academy Alumni Association, a local nonprofit that supports law enforcement through community engagement and outreach.

Lalita Rao, the group’s president, said, “So it’s very important for us to hear from them directly, interact with them directly and understand how to deal with this crisis – what are the challenges we’re facing and how do we work together as a community.”

The event included a screening of the 50-minute documentary “Chasing the Dragon,” which was produced by the FBI and DEA to raise awareness about the dangers of using opioids.

FBI spokesperson Frank Fisher said, "The movie takes a look at the lives of several people who have either been victims of opioid addiction or know people who have."

Fisher added, “It shows the tragedy and the hardship that they go through. We’re hoping people watch the movie, get angry, get involved and try to do something.”

To watch the movie online, visit https://bit.ly/2cZSMuC

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