City, Baptist Health Lexington host screening of film on opioid crisis

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Linda Gorton and Baptist Health Lexington will co-host a presentation of “Beautiful Boy,” a film that explores the limits of treatment and family love in confronting the power of addiction. It is based on a true story.

There will be a free screening of the film Wednesday evening, Jan. 16, at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St. Doors open at 5 p.m. The movie will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Bill Sisson, President of Baptist Health Lexington, said the evening is an opportunity for the community to learn more about opioid addiction. “At Baptist Health Lexington, we understand the impact opioids can have on both our patients and our community,” Sisson said. “We applaud Mayor Gorton’s focus on addressing the opioid crisis, and we believe that this event will help enlighten members of our community on the personal and family impact of addiction.”

Before the movie begins, Sisson will welcome the crowd and Gorton will discuss her plan to address the opioid crisis with a city-led, multi-disciplinary team. The team will include experts in law enforcement, health care, insurance, social support systems, rehab, drug courts, youth intervention, faith-based organizations and job re-entry programs. Andrea James, who is coordinating special projects in the Mayor’s Office, is organizing that team.

“Our community has a lot of work ahead, but I’m confident we can make real progress by working together,” Gorton said.

Gorton said she plans to involve University of Kentucky Healthcare and St. Joseph Hospital in the initiative. “UK especially plays a significant role in addressing opioid abuse in our community,” Gorton said. “We need to have representation from all of our hospitals and all segments of the entire healthcare community that are involved in treating this deadly addiction.”

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