Miamisburg woman creates documentary on "life after being saved by Narcan"
MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT)- A Miamisburg woman has created a documentary on the opioid epidemic in the Miami Valley. She is not a filmmaker by choice though.
Courteney Huff works helping people addicted to drugs recover.
"I was one of those people, a long time ago before I got into this industry that thought, just don't do drugs. Just don't use heroin but that's not that easy. If somebody has an injury they and they get addicted to pain pills," Huff said.
Huff is behind a new documentary, Revived and Renewed: Life After Narcan. She says she's known many friends who have been affected by the opioid crisis.
"I had a good friend who had overdosed after being a heroin user for 14 or 15 years and she was given Narcan for (the) first time. After that, everything changed for her and she has turned her life around," Huff said.
The documentary is a way to thank first responders for the lives they save with Narcan and show some of the people who've been saved.
"We know there's been a lot of backlash about giving people Narcan numerous times. People want them to be limited to only receive Narcan one or two times and after that, 'Just let them die,'" Huff said.
The documentary opens with Huff reading quotes people have written about people who have been saved with Narcan.
"And let them see, these people have children. They have parents. They deserve to live whether they've been given Narcan one time or ten times. They deserve a chance," Huff said.
Huff hopes people who see the documentary gain a little compassion. She says this is a community problem in need of the community's help to get out of it.
"Talking negative to people and being nasty to people is not going to help this problem we have here. We all have to work together," Huff said.
The documentary is set to air at the Plaza Theater in Miamisburg on August 17th. It will be released on YouTube the next day.