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Posted on: March 5, 2019

Media Advisory: Former NBA Player to Help Tip Off Rockville’s Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Herren to Take Questions Before Thursday Presentation

Rockville, Maryland, March 5 – Rockville’s campaign to combat the opioid epidemic will welcome Chris Herren, a former NBA player and recovery advocate, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Herren’s presentation, Prevention Starts with All: The Chris Herren Story, will detail the former Boston Celtics player’s inspirational journey from addiction to recovery, and his mission to make a difference. Herren, whose story has been the subject of an Emmy-nominated ESPN Films documentary, founded Herren Project, a nonprofit serving individuals and families impacted by substance use and the disease of addiction. His presentation is free and open to all.

A press conference with Herren will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the theater’s social hall. There will be no video allowed during the presentation. Photos will be permitted.

Herren’s presentation is the first event in the city’s efforts to raise awareness about opioid abuse. A panel discussion will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30 in Room 301 of the Science West building at Montgomery College – Rockville, 51 Mannakee St. Participants will receive a free Narcan kit and training on how to respond to an opioid overdose. For more information and to register, visit and register for course # 9455.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services reported 471 incidents from July 2016 through June 2017 in which emergency responders administered Narcan, a rescue drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, according to the county’s health department. In June, Rockville’s Mayor and Council joined state and local jurisdictions in a lawsuit against drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the crisis. To learn more, visit and search “opioid lawsuit.”

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

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