Watison Chapel High School will show “Chasing the Dragon,” a documentary about the opioid epidemic, at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.


The Little Rock Federal Bureau of Investigation, state agencies, law enforcement and community partners are coordinating a statewide same day viewing of “Chasing the Dragon” at participating schools during Red Ribbon Week.


More than 42,355 students, representing 142 school districts, have registered to see the film Oct. 24, according to a news release.


“‘Chasing the Dragon’ is a documentary produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration that exposes the truth behind the opioid epidemic that is devastating communities in the State of Arkansas and across the United States. The documentary features the true life stories and experiences of people who have dealt with the opioid epidemic,” according to the release.


The film is intended to deter young adults from getting into the drug culture, to help students understand opioid addiction, and to demonstrate the strong grip it has on users, according to the release.


“This initiative is a partnership with the FBI and the Arkansas Governor’s Office, Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, Arkansas State Drug Director’s Office, Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Alternative Education, Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, FBI Little Rock Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Drug Enforcement Administration, Arkansas State Police, FBI National Academy, Arkansas Division of Behavioral Health, Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association, Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, and Criminal Justice Institute University of Arkansas System,” according to the release.


Details: Maria Hoskins at mhoskins@fbi.gov .