CHARLESTON – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) along with the Eastern Illinois Area Special Education Association (EIASEA) are jointly sponsoring a free community screening of The Heroin Project.

“Heroin is an epidemic in our communities. We need to combat the drug head on,” EIASEA President Alysia Ammons said. “We believe that knowledge is power. If we can inform our communities about the warning signs to watch for, we can help make sure our youth don’t fall through the cracks.”

The Heroin Project is a 50-minute documentary by Ashley Seering & Cory Byers which showcases the everyday struggles that affects our families and entire communities.  Following the documentary screening, there will be a question and answer discussion with panelists that include the Coles County coroner, representatives from SIU School of Medicine, Next Step Behavior Health Care, and the Central East Alcoholism and Drug Council, among others.

“Even if heroin addiction doesn’t directly impact your family, our community faces the consequences of this drug on a daily basis. The cost of increased law enforcement efforts and other first responders, the stolen goods from businesses and the drug dealers who are targeting our youth, harm our community every single day,” Ammons said. “Despite the terror of seeing friends drop around them, addicts are almost hopelessly trapped by changes in brain pathways that create physical dependence.”

The Heroin project screening is set for Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. This event will be held at the Eastern Illinois Special Education Building, 5837 Park Dr., Charleston.

Contact: Kathy Vigardt
IEA UniServ Director


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.