MOUNT VERNON, OH (WCMH) — A Knox County filmmaker wants to help educate teens about heroin abuse before an addiction ever starts.
Steve Feazel is on the Escape Zone Board, which helps at-risk children and teens in Knox County.
He launched a campaign to make a documentary called, “Hit Back on Heroin.”
The idea is to put 5 different segments on YouTube for educators to access for free.
Feazel says if a thousand residents can’t donate $10, they will have enough money to make the documentary.
“We got to get involved to push back on some of the evil and some of the problems that affect our society,” Steve Feazel said.
Knox County teen Rachel Rinehart will be a narrator.
“The reason I wanted to do this is just to raise awareness because I know kids my age, we are influenced very easily,” Knox County teen Rachel Rinehart said. “If we have a positive influence with this video, this film we are doing, that’s a great way to reach my generation.”
Feazel said he knew he needed to take action when he found out Mount Vernon had more heroin overdoses than a much larger city like Cleveland.
He wants teens like Rinehart to reach out to other people her age before it becomes a problem.
“If they do have friends they know who are hooked on it, they will know where to send them for help and how they can find a method in which to cope with this and actually totally recover from this problem,” Steve Feazel said.
Feazel is also getting medical professionals who work addicts every day to talk about dangerous and deadly the addiction can be.
Nurse Practitioner Phyllis Sim said, “By the time they come to us, they usually have lost heir family, lost their home and are living on the street.”
Help the campaign: www.gofundme.com/229644C
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