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Locally filmed heroin documentary to debut at SIUE this Sunday

From Illinois Business Journal news services

The debut of a film detailing the local rise of the heroin epidemic is scheduled for this Sunday.

“The Heroin Project: A Documentary” will be shown from 2 to 4 p.m. at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; Abbott Auditorium (located in the basement of Lovejoy Library), 30 Hairpin Drive, Room 0044, Edwardsville.

The filmmakers, SIUE graduate Ashley Seering and SIUE Mass Communications professor Cory Byers, have been involved with local officials, advocates, individuals and many others for several years working on various projects that dealt with the growing problem in Madison County. In addition to filming meetings of the Madison County Heroin Task Force since its inception in 2014, Seering and Byers were also involved in the Project DrugSMART campaign at Edwardsville High School along with Director of Alumni Steve Jankowski.

Following the screening at SIUE, there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers. Several individuals who were featured in the film will also be on hand for the film and post-screening session. For more information on the documentary, Seering has set up a Facebook page at

The event is free to the public and seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The auditorium seats around 140.

A second screening is set for Wednesday, May 6, at Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the main campus, Room BCMC 2320. This is also free and open to the public. Filmmakers and individuals from the film will also be at this screening. Contact Ashley Seering at or (618) 978-7588.

More information on Project DrugSMART, including videos, can be viewed on the Edwardsville Community Unit District 7 website at or on the Madison County state’s attorney’s website at

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