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CARTERVILLE — The public is invited to hear local addiction and recovery experts discuss substance abuse issues in a special session at John A. Logan College.

The Williamson County Substance Abuse Taskforce is hosting a screening of the documentary entitled “The Anonymous People." The presentation begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at John A Logan College, room F103. The event is free and open to the public.

The documentary screening will be followed by a discussion with local experts in the field of drug addiction and recovery.

Audience members will be allowed to submit questions confidentially.

There will also be a training for naloxone — an opioid overdose reversal agent — for community members, according to a news release from Allison Hasler, a regional health officer with the Illinois Department of Public Health in Marion. There is no prerequisites required to participate in this training.

In a single year, from 2013 to 2014, heroin-related overdose deaths in Illinois increased 22 percent, according to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

To view a preview of this documentary, visit tinyurl.com/TheAnonymousPeopleSouthernIL.

For more information, call 618-944-0146.

stephanie.esters@thesouthern.com

618-351-5805

On Twitter: @scribeest

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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