Saving a Generation: The New Face of Drug Addiction

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – There is a new face to drug addiction. In many cases, people around us are suffering without others even realizing. Special Agent for the DEA Stan Jones said, reflecting on the nation’s opioid addiction crisis, “At some point, if this doesn’t stop, we will lose a significant part of a generation of people.”

Happening Thursday, May 17, 2018, THV11 is hosting an event at CALS Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock with a special-edition screening of "Saving A Generation: The New Face of Drug Addiction," a THV11 Special Presentation.

Additionally, the evening, made possible by Bradford Health Services, will include a panel discussion moderated by THV11 anchor Laura Monteverdi with a number of key players in the fight to end the opioid crisis in the state and beyond.

Any donations collected at the event will go toward Wolfe Street Foundation, which provides facilities, education, and outreach for the central Arkansas community seeking recovery from alcoholism and addiction.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy hors d’evours by Black Swan Catering ahead of the program beginning at 7 p.m. A number of organizations will be set up outside the theater in “Resource Row” as representatives share what they’re doing in the battle against opioid addiction and the road to recovery.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit www.savingageneration.eventbrite.com.

About the film:

After months of production, the project led by THV11 anchor Laura Monteverdi looks at the drug addiction crisis in Arkansas. She has a personal connection to the epidemic, which she shares in the documentary-esque news program.

Monteverdi said, "These are stories I wish I didn’t have to share, but I know I need to and I have the platform to do it. I pray it changes lives."

In 2016, Centers for Disease Control reported that 64,000 people died of drug overdose in the United States. More than 400 were right here in Arkansas.

While the statistics can be staggering, there is hope. From Nashville, Tennessee to Lubbock, Texas, to areas all around the state, Monteverdi, photojournalist Bre Conyers, and the THV11 team look at the problem and what’s being done in the fight for a solution in the emotional, hard-hitting short film.

To see more on THV11’s “Saving A Generation,” visit www.thv11.com/saving