Documentary is a 'call to action' on heroin

| 06 Aug 2015 | 09:34

— The scourge of opiate addiction afflicting the country is the subject of "An American Epidemic," a documentary to be shown at the Milford Theatre to raise awareness locally about this national plague.

Admission to the screening, provided by Pike County volunteers, is free. Visitors can reserve a seat starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the theater, located at 114 East Catherine St. in Milford. The film will start at 10:30 a.m. Jerry Beaver has donated use of the theater.

Michael DeLeon, the film's director and producer, will answer questions after the screening. He has also directed "Kids are dying."

"An American Epidemic" grew out of a New Jersey project exposing the opioid and heroin epidemic, which has spread to every state in the country. Its central message is that heroin and opiate prescription pain medications are kill people are record levels, especially youth.

Actor Tony Denison called the film "an important exposé on the drug epidemic in our America. Please take the time to watch and learn."

The screening is offered through a grass-roots initiative of community members, who hope local organizations will be inspired to take action on the epidemic's many facets. "Education, awareness, prevention at the forefront of the fight to keep kids safe as well as treatment solutions and recovery options for those in the throes of addition are all vital aspects that need to be balanced," say the sponsors.

"This is a call to action in our area," say the sponsors. "All are welcome!"