Tucked in the Appalachian mountains of Southern West Virginia, Oceana, is a small, once thriving coal-mining town that has fallen victim to the fast spreading scourge of prescription painkiller Oxycontin. As the coal industry slowly declined and times got tough, a black market for the drug sprung up and along with it a rash of prostitution, theft, and murder. Soon its own residents had nicknamed the town Oxyana and it began to live up to its reputation as abuse, addiction and overdoses became commonplace. Oxyana is a harrowing front line account of a community in the grips of an epidemic, told through the voices of the addicts, the dealers and all those affected. It is a haunting glimpse into an American nightmare unfolding before our eyes, a cautionary tale told with raw and unflinching honesty.

The screening will be followed by a brief discussion, led by Dr. Ericka Crouse. Dr. Crouse recently joined the VCU School of Pharmacy Faculty as an Associate Professor this year. She received her PharmD degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Crouse completed a Geriatrics Pharmacy Residency at the Durham Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in North Carolina and a Psychiatry Pharmacy Residency at VCUHealth. She practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist on the inpatient psychiatry unit at VCUHealth for 12 years prior to transitioning to a faculty member. She was involved in committees including the Alcohol Withdrawal Committee and Substance Use Committee and has taken care of a number of patients with co-morbid substance abuse disorders. 

A buffet-style dinner will be provided, first come first serve.

If there are no seats available, email Brandon Burneson at burnesonbp@vcu.edu to be added to the waitlist. 

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