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Crandon Man's Opioid Problems Focus Of Laona Documentary Viewing

Community Coalition Of Forest County

The Community Coalition of Forest County is partnering with the Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties to offer residents a chance to view the documentary "Written Off" Wednesday in Laona.

“Written Off” chronicles the life of Matthew Edwards, a Crandon High School graduate, whose addiction to opioids began at age 15, after being prescribed pain medicine for a minor surgery. His story reveals the secrets he tried to conceal throughout a decade long struggle to escape addiction. Edward's mother, Jane Funk is a teacher at Crandon High School. She published the book “What I Couldn’t Tell you : One Man’s Struggle with Opioid Addiction” last year and worked with filmmakers on the documentary.

In addition to the film, parents, grandparents and caregivers are encouraged to tour Forest County Health Department’s “Hidden in Plain Sight” mock teen bedroom, which will be setup at the school. It helps adults spot the signs of substance abuse or addiction that may be hiding in a teen bedroom.

Forest County Health Department nurse Jacee Anderson says the screening will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday(today) at Laona High School gym.....

"...we have a discussion panel set up and that is going to feature the Forest County Sheriff and a few detective sergeants from the Forest County Sheriff's Department, along with local recovery coaches and Jane Funk, who is Matt's mom, who will sit on the panel to answer questions..."

For more information about the documentary film or the Mock Teen bedroom, you're asked to contact the Forest County Health Department or visit the Community Coalition of Forest County’s website at forestcountycc.org

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