Nov 20, 2023

Free Film Screening to Raise Awareness About Substance Misuse

Posted Nov 20, 2023 3:49 PM

 The Geary County Health Department, in collaboration with the Riley County Health Department and the Pottawatomi Health Department are offering a free screening of the documentary film “The First Day: A Focus on the Beginning." This will be at the C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City on November 29 at 6:00 PM. The film is 45 minutes, and the audience is invited to stay for a brief discussion afterward.

This event is appropriate for audiences in middle school and older. The film screening is part of ongoing efforts to share information about the dangers of opioid use and the epidemic of fentanyl poisoning occurring in this country directly affecting our youth. All educators, parents, and community members in Geary, Pottawatomie, and Riley Counties are invited to attend.

“This is a powerful and emotional film that will challenge your notion about who is vulnerable to substance use and addiction. If we work together and support each other, we have a chance to change the outcome of someone’s life.” Julie Gibbs, Director of the Riley County Health Department. No reservations or tickets are needed to attend.

Chris Herren, former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate, has shared his story of recovery with over 1 million people nationwide. The First Day film chronicles this journey revealing Herren’s vulnerability and his connections with high school students who, in turn, have shared their stories of struggle and strength.

Through the power of storytelling, The First Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by, directly or indirectly, each day including substance use, other harmful behaviors, and mental wellness. Watch the trailer and find more information about the film online at

To request an informational presentation about the dangers of drug use for an organization in Riley, Geary, or Pottawatomie Counties, contact Jenni Ebert at the Riley County Health Department (785) 776-4779 ext. 7645 or [email protected]  

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