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Heroin documentary set to premiere in Edwardsville

A documentary focusing on the heroin epidemic in Madison County will premiere this weekend in Edwardsville, with more showings later in the week.

Ashley Seering was still a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville when she and Cory Byers, a mass communications professor, began working on a documentary about the growing heroin problem in Madison County. Working with local officals, advocates and individual families, Seering developed “The Heroin Project,” incorporating video from the Madison County Heroin Task Force, interviews with many people affected, and a re-enactment of a heroin death investigation in Highland.

Working with Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, Project DrugSMART at Edwardsville High School and SIUE Alumni Director Steve Jankowski, Seering’s documentary will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lovejoy Library at SIUE. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening with the filmmakers and several individuals who were featured in the film.

A second screening has been set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Southwestern Illinois College, in room BCMC 2320. Both screenings are free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. The filmmakers and some people featured in the film will also appear at the Belleville screening.