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The Community Collaborative for Youth and Families and the
members of Planning District 16 – Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George and Caroline counties and the City of
Fredericksburg – are coming together to host a series of town hall events to provide education and discuss the
opioid epidemic. Each town hall will feature a panel comprised of individuals from local law enforcement,
treatment providers, physicians, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), community mental health
organizations, the health district, social services and persons with lived experience.
A documentary, “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” produced by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA) and filmed in part at the Rappahannock Regional
Jail, will be viewed as part of each town hall.
The final town hall in the series is being held Monday, October 16, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Salem Fields
Community Church in Spotsylvania. The event will be livestreamed at streaming.salemfields.com and will
include an online question & answer session. It will also be available for viewing after the town hall at
regionalwebtv.com and on You Tube channel SpotsyGov.
“The opioid epidemic is having a negative impact on so many facets within the fabric of our communities, says
Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman David Ross. Education and prevention are key and the town
halls are an important piece of the puzzle in helping to solve this crisis.”
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The Community Collaborative for Youth and Families is the region’s prevention coalition. The Collaborative has
planned these events in an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. The town
halls will be held in each member’s locality within Planning District 16, with a viewing of the documentary
followed by a discussion about the crisis and what individuals and families can do to prevent their loved ones
from becoming addicted.
Community resource and treatment information will be available. The screenings are free and open to the public.
Community leaders, parents, teachers and all concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. The film does contain
graphic content and language. Parental discretion is advised.
For more information, please contact Donna Krauss at dkrauss@staffordcountyva.gov or (540) 658-4622. Donna
Krauss is Chairman of the Community Collaborative and also the Director of Stafford County Human Services
and Community Engagement, or Michelle Wagaman at mwagaman@rappahannockareacsb.org or (540) 374-
3337, ext. 104. Michelle Wagaman is Vice-Chairman of the Community Collaborative and also the Coordinator
of Prevention Services for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board. For additional information,
please visit www.thecommunitycollaborative.org

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