(originally published 1/14/17 on thecspn.com)
The community of Mason is pulling together to shoot down the heroin epidemic.
On January 11, Mason High School hosted a panel with distinguished leaders from the area to discuss the danger of the recent outbreak of opioid abuse and how to combat addiction. This was in conjunction with the showing of Chasing the Dragon earlier in the day, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)-produced movie shown to all high school students in the state of Ohio.
Tracey Carson, public information officer for Mason City Schools, said she hoped the panel would bring awareness to the issue.
“After watching Chasing the Dragon, we didn’t want the conversation to end with our students,” Carson said. “It’s really important that our families and our entire community come together to address this issue.”
Robert Peeler, a nationally recognized Warren County judge, said education is key when it comes to tackling this topic.
“If you don’t think you’re affected, you’re going to be,” she said. “If it’s not someone now, it’s going to be, and the only way to solve this problem is to talk about it.”