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Westfield State University to host Kirk Jonah and “Fighting the Opioid Epidemic”

Kirk Jonah will present “Fighting the Opioid Epidemic” at Westfield State University on November 12, at 6 p.m., in Scanlon Banquet Hall.

The opioid crisis in America has touched nearly all of us either directly or by affecting someone we know. Jack Jonah accidentally overdosed in 2016. At that time, he was studying biology and art at Holyoke Community College. A gifted artist and play writer, he wrote and co-directed “LABELS,” a play that received high acclaim from local writers.

His father, Kirk Jonah, will discuss Jack’s story and the personal accounts of other addicts who have shared their stories with him.

Kirk will discuss the three waves of the opioid crisis and will share nationwide overdose statistics and compare them to local town populations. Kirk founded The Jack Jonah Foundation, which works to help individuals and families impacted by drugs and educates the community to avoid future tragedies like Jack’s.

The Foundation has also worked to produce JACK JONAH, a new feature film about a family’s endurance and struggle after unspeakable tragedy. Actor Dean Cain leads the cast in this multi-plot drama uncovering the deadly drug culture in western Massachusetts.

The film premiers in West Springfield and Agawam on November 8 and 9. For tickets or more information, visit https://www.jackjonahfoundation.com/film-premiere.