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UC Blue Ash Hosts Discussion on ‘Seven Days of Heroin’ Project


The ‘Seven Days of Heroin’ Project is a free event that will provide valuable insight into the development of the Pulitzer Prize–winning piece by the Cincinnati Enquirer, as well as steps people can take to fight addiction and help address the opioid epidemic sweeping our nation.

The event will feature a panel of experts and be held at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College on Thursday, October 25 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Muntz Auditorium. It is open to the public.

‘Seven Days of Heroin’ is the multi-media piece created by the staff at the Cincinnati Enquirer to chronicle an ordinary week in the opioid epidemic across Greater Cincinnati. It recently won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. The feature provides a gritty, real-life look at the opioid epidemic through heroin addicts, their loved ones and professionals in law enforcement, the legal system, social work and addiction treatment.

The panel includes Terry DeMio, heroin reporter for the Enquirer and a lead reporter and writer for ‘Seven Days of Heroin;’ Kareem Elgazzar, photojournalist for the Enquirer and contributor to the award-winning piece; and Cathy Whittaker, a licensed social worker with several years of experience working with adults who suffer from substance abuse and mental health disorders.

The panelists will talk about the process for developing and executing the story idea, what they learned about the opioid epidemic in our region, and the different options available to help addicts receive treatment.

While the event is free, registration is encouraged. Anyone who plans to attend can register in advance.

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