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Charleston: Heroin(e) Screening & Panel

  • University of Charleston 2300 MacCorkle Avenue Southeast Charleston, WV, 25304 United States (map)

Screening immediately followed by panel & audience questions.

Panel featuring:
Judge Patricia Keller
Necia Freeman, Street Missionary
Jan Rader, Huntington Fire Chief

Moderated by Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Filmmaker

About Heroin(e):
Once a bustling industrial town, Huntington, West Virginia has become the epicenter of America’s modern opioid epidemic, with an overdose rate 10 times the national average. This flood of heroin now threatens this Appalachian city with a cycle of generational addiction, lawlessness, and poverty. But within this distressed landscape, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow) shows a different side of the fight against drugs -- one of hope. Sheldon highlights three women working to change the town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse one person at a time. Fire Chief Jan Rader spends the majority of her days reviving those who have overdosed; Judge Patricia Keller presides over drug court, handing down empathy along with orders; and Necia Freeman of Brown Bag Ministry feeds meals to the women selling their bodies for drugs. As America’s opioid crisis threatens to tear communities apart, the Netflix original short documentary Heroin(e) shows how the chain of compassion holds one town together.

Heroin(e) was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.

Presented by WV Public Broadcasting, Stop WV Overdoses, and Boss Babes WV