March 1 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Henrico County and its Heroin Task Force will present a community summit Wednesday, March 1 on heroin and opioid abuse and addiction, which are growing at alarming rates locally, throughout Virginia and across the United States.
FBI Director James B. Comey will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road. The summit is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to HeroinOpioidCommunitySummit.eventbrite.com or call (804) 727-8574.
The summit will offer information from local community service providers and include a showing of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opioid Addict.” The 45-minute documentary, released last year by the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, provides explicit, first-person accounts of people who have either abused opioids or whose children have abused opioids with tragic consequences. The video’s title refers to the cycle of addiction and users’ pursuit of the so-called “ultimate” high.
The video presentation will be followed by a panel discussion that will include Henrico’s Police Chief Humberto “Hum” Cardounel Jr., Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell, Sheriff Michael L. Wade, Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon L. Taylor and Adam S. Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division, as well as others on the front lines of the heroin and opioid crisis.