Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Charles County Government Building 
200 Baltimore Street
Commissioner Meeting Room
La Plata, MD 20646

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Erica Rizor 
Charles County Government 

Chasing the Dragon
The Life of an Opiate Addict

“Chasing the Dragon,” a joint production of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, was created to raise awareness about heroin and opioid abuse in the United States, and chronicles how drug abuse devastates lives and draws attention to the prescription drug and heroin epidemic in the United States. The 45-minute documentary contains several case studies of people who either became addicted to opiates themselves or had family members who were addicted. Not recommended for children age of 12 or younger.

Open to the Public (free)
Wednesday, June 21 | Movie Starts at 6 p.m.
Charles County Government Building
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD


Information Presentations: 7 to 8 p.m.

Following the movie, the organizations shown below will address the topic of opioid abuse in Charles County and how their agencies are addressing this crisis. 

  • Department of Emergency Services
  • Charles County Sheriff’s Office
  • University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
  • Charles County Department of Health


Overdose Response Training: 8 to 9 p.m.

Registration Required. The Charles County Department of Health will offer an overdose response training, to include instructions on how to administer Narcan™ (naloxone). Naloxone is a drug used to treat narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.

Individuals attending the training will receive a free Narcan™ (naloxone) kit. 

If you or someone you know struggles with opiate abuse, the access to naloxone could be the difference between life and death.



Register online for the free screening of “Chasing the Dragon,” and for the Naloxone training.  Registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted if the space allows. For additional information or questions, please contact Erica Rizor by email or phone: 301-645-0553.

Register Now! Up to four guests can be included in your registration for the movie and presentation portion of this event. 

About Charles County Government

The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation. 
It is the policy of Charles County to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religious or political affiliation or opinion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other status protected by law.