“Hooked” film about opioid epidemic

    October 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    Presented by The Haven



    “Two 30-minute films on Arizona’s opioid epidemic – “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona,” and “Hooked RX: From Prescription to Addiction” – will be shown at a community forum for this special event. The highly acclaimed investigative documentaries were produced by students and faculty at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program will also include a panel discussion on the ramifications of growing heroin and opioid abuse. Members of the panel will include medical and emergency workers, law-enforcement officials, journalists, recovering addicts and drug treatment specialists.

    The event is hosted by The Haven, which provides outpatient and residential services in Tucson for women recovering from alcohol and drug dependency. According to a report released by the Arizona Department of Health Services in June, heroin deaths have tripled in Arizona since 2012 and four of five new heroin users start by misusing prescription painkillers. “The number of overdoses and deaths from heroin and opioid abuse is growing at alarming rates,” said Margaret Higgins, Ph.D., executive director of The Haven. “It’s important this issue is brought into the light.”

    The community forum will kick off with opening remarks from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Also participating in the event is Sean Logan, who grew up in Tucson, and played a key role in the making of both “Hooked” documentaries while a student at ASU. The first “Hooked” film, which first aired in 2015, received a national Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award, which is considered the Pulitzer Prize for broadcast journalism. After that success, a second film was undertaken and was first shown in January of this year. Logan, a Salpointe High School grad, served as a primary photographer and reporter on the first film, and was chief videographer, director and editor on the second.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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