Heroin Documentary Screening

(Left) Dr. Marcie Nagle reads a letter written for the event by an inmate at the Greenville Federal Correctional Institute. (Right) Angela Barnes, Executive Director of Bethany Place, the largest non-profit, community based ASO (AIDS Service Organization) in the Metro East area of St. Louis.

The Women’s Empowerment Group from Prairie Counseling Center hosted a free screening of the documentary “The Heroin Project” Saturday morning at the Globe Theatre in Greenville. The Bond County State’s Attorney’s office provided funding for the screening and the Bond County Probation Department donated printing of the programs.

The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic happening in Greenville and surrounding communities.

Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer speaks to the audience about the growing problem of heroin use in Bond County.
Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer speaks to the audience about the growing problem of heroin use in Bond County.
Members of the Women’s Empowerment Group sitting before a packed audience in the Globe Theater
Members of the Women’s Empowerment Group sitting before a packed audience in the Globe Theater
Women’s Empowerment group member Dawn Lile moderating the question and answer session with the panel after the film
Women’s Empowerment group member Dawn Lile moderating the question and answer session with the panel after the film
Prairie Counseling Center Director Michelle Miller giving opening remarks before the showing of the film
Prairie Counseling Center Director Michelle Miller giving opening remarks before the showing of the film
Members of the Women’s Empowerment Group outside the Globe Theater
Members of the Women’s Empowerment Group outside the Globe Theater

Cory Byers, a professor at SIUE as well as a director and producer of the film was on hand to introduce the documentary. Following the showing of the film, a panel of individuals discussed the issue of drug addiction and answered questions from the audience. The panel included Angela Barnes, executive director of Bethany Place; Dr. Marcie Nagle from the Federal Correctional Institute in Greenville; Caroline Reynolds, District Manager of New Vision; Bond County State’s Attorney Chris Bauer; and Women’s Empowerment Group member Laura.

Nearly 130 community members attended the event.

Because the event was so well received, the Bond County Health department is interested in hosting additional viewings of the film. If you have a group or organization that is interested in scheduling a viewing of the film, you may contact the Public Health Administrator Mark Ayers at 664-1442.

The Women’s Empowerment Group is open to current women clients of Prairie Counseling Center. For more information on the group or other counseling services, please contact Prairie Counseling Center at 664-1455