The film “Chasing The Dragon: The Life Of An Opiate Addict” will be shown at NCHS on Tuesday, Jan. 30, and will be followed by an expert panel discussion.
“Chasing The Dragon” To Be Presented At Nashville Community High School On January 30
By Alex Haglund
The phrase “Chasing the Dragon” is used to describe the use of opiates, historically being used in connection with opium use associated with the Chinese in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a somewhat romanticized term, invoking images of eastern mysticism, western colonialism and a bygone time when people thought that using these drugs was sexy.
Contrary to the connotations of the phrase, the film, “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” is not showing something romantic or sexy.
The film was released by the FBI and the DEA and it is aimed at showing students and young adults the dangers of opiate addiction and its very real costs.
In an attempt to show young people (and anyone, really) in our area these same hard truths, there will be a showing of “Chasing the Dragon” presented at NCHS in the Auditorium on Tuesday, January 30, at 7 p.m.
“We’re trying to get this open to more people and get them to come see it,” said NCHS Dean of students Jennifer Maschhoff.
Following the film’s showing, there will be an expert panel present for a question and answer session. Washington County Judge Dan Emge, who helped to organize this event with NCHS will be present.
Others who have taken part in panels include Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger, State’s Attorney Dan Bronke, Sheriff Danny Bradac, Public Defender Dennis Hatch, Probation Officer Maggie Bradac, Nashville Police Chief Brian Fletcher, Kendra Kennedy of the Human Services Center, Dr. Ginger Fewell of Washington County Hospital, and Nashville Pharmacist Keith Doehring.
While the format and showing of the film might be similar to that of “The Heroin Project”, a film shown around Washington County last year, both Maschhoff and Emge stated that “Chasing the Dragon” might make for a more interesting and exciting watch, particularly for young people.
This event is free and open to the public. While it is open to all ages, given the mature content being shown, “It might be best for seventh grade and up,” Maschhoff said, but adding that ultimately, it would be at parents’ discretion.