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JEFFERSON -- To challenge conventional thinking about addiction, the Jefferson County Drug Free Coalition is hosting a free film screening Thursday at Watertown's Towne Cinema that aims to decrease the stigma and humanize the victims affected by the disease.

"Written Off" chronicles the life of Matthew Edwards, a Wisconsin native, whose addiction to opioids began at age 15, after being prescribed pain medicine for a minor surgery. His grippingly honest writing reveals the secrets he tried so hard to conceal throughout a decade long struggle to escape addiction.

"When you see this film, many people who are in a similar situation to Matt's, or know someone who is, will recognize the hardships and the heartbreak that come with addiction," said coalition member Emi Reiner. "This film will spark dialogue in the community about the opioid epidemic and why we need to take action."

A resource fair starts at 6 p.m. and representatives from area organizations will offer resources on substance abuse prevention and treatment. After the 6:30 p.m. film screening, at 8 p.m., there will be a discussion with Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, Watertown Chief of Police Tim Roets, city of Watertown Public Health Officer Carol Quest, Jefferson County Human Services Director Kathi Cauley and Dr. Brock Allen, physician in the Emergency Department at Watertown Regional Medical Center.

For more information, contact Reiner at 920-674-7232 or email jeffcoDFC@gmail.com.

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