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Video: Documentary puts faces to opioid epidemic

December 28, 2019


>>I DID USE MY WHOLE PREGNANCY. I USED HEROIN EVERY DAY. JENNIFER IT’S A PAINFULLY RAW : CONFESSION. ONE OF SEVERAL STORIES TOLD IN A NEW DOCUMENTARY BY JOURNALISM STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK. FOR THE LAST YEAR, THE ADVANCE CLASS CALLED VIEWFINDER HAS BEEN WORKING WITH THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GROWING HEROIN AND OPIOID CRISIS.>>IN JUNE, WE LEARNED THAT THE COUNTY WAS HAVING AN OVERDOSE A DAY AND A DEATH WEEK WE SAID WOW THIS IS A STORY WE NEED TO PUT FACES ON THOSE FACTS WE NEED TO LEARN MORE SO DURING A LEARN IN THE PAST YEAR WE’VE TOLD DOZENS OF STORIES.>>IT WAS REALLY EXCITING, AND NEW FOR US AS A POLICE DEPARTMENT TO DEAL WITH THE STUDENTS, SO ONCE WE STARTED SEEING THE PRODUCT — SEEING THE PROJECT DEVELOP IN THE COUNTY, WE REALLY SAW HOW PASSIONATE THE STUDENTS WERE, IT REALLY MEANT SOMETHING TO THEM JENNIFER THESE : ARE JUST A FEW OF THE 15 STUDENTS WHO WORKED ON THE DOCUMENTARY. THEY VOLUNTARILY MET TWICE A WEEK INSTEAD OF ONCE AND SPENT HUNDREDS OF THEIR OWN PERSONAL HOURS PUTTING IT TOGETHER. WE HAD TO CALL IN RESEARCH AND , DO SO MUCH WORK TO GET THE ACCESS THAT WE DID. AND ONCE THAT DOOR WAS OPEN WE JUST TOOK OFF WITH IT.>>THERE WERE SOME PEOPLE WHO DID NOT WANT TO OPEN UP AT ALL. IT WAS WAY TOO PERSONAL, TOO NEWCOMER TOO FRESH IN THEIR MINES. AND THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO TALK ABOUT IT. OR THE 40 : MINUTE DOCUMENTARY WILL SCREENED FOR THE PUBLIC WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 AT ANNE ARUNDEL COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THE STUDENTS HOPE IT WILL MAKE AN IMPACT. DANTE EVANS SAYS FOR HIM IT WAS REVEALING.>>IT IS EVERYDAY PEOPLE WALKING AROUND IN YOUR CLASSES, AND A GROCERY STORE WITH YOU, THEY COULD BE OPIOID ABUSERS AND YOU

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