September 16, 2016 WATERTOWN, New York – WPBS, the two-nation public broadcasting station will air a special one-hour broadcast, Public Eye Special Edition with Jeff Cole: Chasing the Dragon on Friday, September 23, at 9pm, with a re-broadcast, Sunday, September 25, at 12pm. Viewers will also have the opportunity to watch this Special Edition of Public Eye online after the broadcast at watch.wpbstv.org.
In response to the addiction crisis, WPBS-TV and community partners collaborated to present Chasing the Dragon, a 40-minute special on heroin addiction. Chasing the Dragon is a documentary exposing the truth behind the opiate epidemic that is devastating communities across the country. The film was developed as a resource for law enforcement, educators, and even parents to educate young people on how opiate addiction destroys lives. The documentary is a compilation of unscripted, raw interviews of actual people affected by opiate addiction.
Chasing the Dragon will be followed by a 20-minute discussion, moderated by Jeff Cole, with expert panelists; James P. Scordo, LMSW,CASAC, Executive Director of the Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions, Inc. in Watertown, NY; Reverend Jeffrey E. Smith, Pastor, First Baptist Church in Watertown, NY; and Richard Southwick, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division and Smart on Crime Initiative, U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albany, NY.
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