Addiction

WRL film screening, discussion tackle heroin epidemic

WRL film screening, discussion tackle heroin epidemic

Addiction is a painful topic to address, but local nonprofit SpiritWorks Foundation is teaming up with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s office to foster such critical dialogue with a free film screening and Q-and-A presentation at the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Released last year, “Heroin: The Hardest Hit” relays stories of addiction and recovery from across the state. The documentary is part of a larger effort from Commonwealth Attorney General Mark Herring to fight the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic.

In Virginia, overdose deaths climbed 77 percent between 2012 and 2016. Roughly four out of five new heroin users report using prescription pain medicine prior to...

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