DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage the area, students at the University of Dayton are doing their part. Epicenter: Dayton’s Opioid Crisis is a new student-produced documentary highlighting the opioid crisis.
“The face of an addict is not your stereotype. It’s your neighbor. It’s your cousin. It’s your brother,” Taylor Alexander, a student who helped produce the documentary said.
The opioid epidemic is an issue that’s touched so many– drawing more than 200 people to Thursday night’s premier. The film covers how the epidemic started, who is affected and what’s being done to fight it.
“People who hear we were doing this kind of project would say ‘hey I’m related to this person’ or ‘I experienced this’ or ‘Here’s how addiction has touched my life’,” Alexander said.
Students say most importantly, the documentary sheds a light on the reality of addiction.
John Antonini, another student film maker said, “You know a lot of people think an addict is someone who comes from a poor background but it really can be anyone. One of our main subjects was in the Air Force.”
While students spent an entire school year on the film, it’s impact will stick with them for many years.
“It was overwhelming. It was a really hard project. There’s such a stigma around addiction that we don’t really talk about,” Alexander said.
“I hope that this is a story that sticks with people for a while until we can really figure out how to beat this crisis for good,” Antonini said.
Students are also hoping the film will be a call to action and a call for support for those living with addiction.
2 News is told students have continued to attend the Families of Addicts meetings featured in the film and are looking at other ways to help victims of the crisis.