ImaginePublicity, Jillian Maas Backman, and the FBI Columbia, SC Citizens Academy Alumni Association have collaborated on the following 3-Part Podcast about Opioid Addiction and its human trafficking intersect.
The opioid epidemic has complicated and exacerbated the sex trafficking crisis in a number of profound ways: it has increasingly given traffickers a powerful tool to recruit and control victims, it compounds the recovery struggle for survivors, and it taxes the resources of the justice system.
At the national level, the Department of Health and Human Services has recognized both human trafficking and opioid addiction as major public health issues; earlier this year, the department’s Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) held a seminar to discuss the intersection between the two crises.
The more we know, the more likely we will we able to put an end to addiction and its horrendous impacts: death by overdose, and human trafficking trade in drugs.
Guest host, Jillian Maas Backman (JillianMaasBackman.Com) moderates the three-part discussion about the opioid crisis and the serious toll it’s taking on our society. The series presents the issue from three different perspectives, the addict, the law, and legislation.
Watch the FBI documentary Chasing the Dragon to educate yourself, as well as students and young adults about the seductive and dangerous path to drug addiction. Bring the film to your community to bring awareness and the facts of addiction to your churches, schools, and workplaces.
Podcast Series: The Opioid Crisis
1] The Addict’s Mom, Janice Wright Collier
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2] Former FBI Agent Attorney Timothy Clay Kulp
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3] South Carolina Rep. Russell Fry, Chair of the House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee
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Carry the message and distribute the podcasts to relatives, friends, colleagues, schools, churches and workplaces. Let everyone know. Raise the roof! Make noise. No more overdoses. No more trafficking. No More.
Overview of Chasing the Dragon:
A recent documentary by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency titled Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict depicts the lives of several opioid addicts. The phrase “chasing the dragon” refers to a way of smoking heroin. It usually involves placing powdered heroin on foil and heating it from below with a lighter. The heroin turns to a sticky liquid and wriggles around like a Chinese dragon, thus the term “chasing the dragon.” The video was developed in an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, and was designed to educate students and young adults about the seductive and dangerous path to drug addiction.
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