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PSA on opioid epidemic showing at Gainesville theater

The story of a 19-year-old man’s struggle with drug addiction and the work by authorities on the opioid epidemic will be shown in a public service announcement at a Gainesville theater and 16 others.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday, June 28, it was releasing a public service announcement in partnership with the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.

The public service announcement is being shown on 15 screens at the Hollywood 15 Cinemas in Gainesville, 21 screens at the Mall of Georgia in Buford and more than 200 other screens across 15 other theaters in the Northern District of Georgia.

“Fighting this epidemic remains our highest priority and we will continue to prosecute criminals who threaten our communities with these dangerous drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak in a news release. “This public service announcement is a renewed call to remain vigilant in our efforts, as we continue to confront the challenges of this public health emergency. We must continue to work together — parents, children, teachers, neighbors, stakeholders, businesses and community leaders — to fight this epidemic and save lives.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the announcement discusses a 19-year-old Gwinnett County man who first experimented with drugs in eighth grade. In May 2017, Joseph Abraham died from a fatal mixtures of heroin and fentanyl, according to the attorney’s office.

The executive director of the drug trafficking area program said nearly 1,050 Georgians died as a result of opioid overdoses in 2017.