Witness Stories of the Opioid Epidemic at Vegas PBS’ Documentary Preview Screening

Last Updated by Myles Barker on

For immediate release
December 19, 2017

Witness Stories of the Opioid Epidemic at Vegas PBS’ Documentary Preview Screening
Screening of “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” to be followed by panel discussion on the local impact of the epidemic

LAS VEGAS – Vegas PBS will host a preview screening of the documentary “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” followed by a panel discussion with leading healthcare experts on Thursday, January 11, 2018. The event will be held at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre at the College of Southern Nevada – North Las Vegas Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, NV 89030. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. The screening and panel will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

In the new documentary “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic,” viewers witness stories of people and communities impacted by the epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines. Learn how the nation got into this situation and hear possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.

The panel will be moderated by Jerry Reeves, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs of HealthInsight and will include discussion of the opioid epidemic with the following leading healthcare professionals:

  • Allen Marino, MD – Medical Operations Director, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Frank Nemec, MD – Community Physician, Gastroenterology Associates
  • Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM – Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center
  • Amitabh Singh, MD – Medical Director, Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital
  • Stephanie Woodard, Psy.D. – Licensed Psychologist, Senior Advisor on Behavioral Health for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Bureau of Behavioral Health, Prevention, and Wellness

The preview screening is hosted by Vegas PBS through its community health outreach service, the Desert Meadows Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Part of Desert Meadows AHEC’s community engagement initiatives include screening events and panels to strengthen health awareness in Southern Nevada by fostering educational interactions between medical professionals and community members.

The preview screening event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Those interested in attending should RSVP by visiting VegasPBS.org/Workforce/GOAL-Events. For questions or more information about the event, contact Summer Collins, Vegas PBS’ workforce office supervisor, at 702.799.1010 x5363 or scollins@VegasPBS.org.

Sponsors for the preview screening event include Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the College of Southern Nevada and the Clark County Medical Society.

The full documentary “Understanding the Opioid Documentary” will air Wednesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. followed by “FRONTLINE: Chasing Heroin” at 11 p.m. on Vegas PBS.

About Desert Meadows Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Desert Meadows AHEC, a service of Vegas PBS, provides community health programs to Southern Nevada, including Esmeralda, Nye, Lincoln and Clark counties.

Desert Meadows AHEC offers continuing education courses, facilitates outreach programs and events to promote healthcare worker expertise, creates awareness of healthcare-related career opportunities in Southern Nevada, presents the latest health information to the community, and supports healthcare access to all in the region. The primary mission of Desert Meadows AHEC is to provide a conduit and access:

  • To develop a current and future pipeline of qualified healthcare workers for Nevada
  • To qualified training for licensed health professionals to maintain credentials
  • To health and wellness information and issues for the citizens of Southern Nevada

For more information, including services provided by Desert Meadows AHEC, visit VegasPBS.org/Desert-Meadows-AHEC.

About Vegas PBS

Dedicated to enriching lives in Southern Nevada, Vegas PBS uses television and other technologies to educate and empower individuals and to amplify the effectiveness of community organizations.

Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most-watched PBS stations and offers five unique secondary channels: Create, VEGAS PBS KIDS, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot! Vegas PBS also collaborates with strategic partners to create content that examines current and historic regional issues.

Vegas PBS provides outreach programs to assist students of any age, from childhood through adulthood; professional development services for teachers; online adult job training and education courses; career services and resources for veterans; literacy and health workshops for families; educational materials for those with disabilities; and 24/7 online access to content via an array of devices and media.

For more information, visit VegasPBS.org, Facebook.com/VegasPBS or Twitter.com/VegasPBS.


Jennifer Bradley

Shauna Lemieux




702.799.1010 x5352



3050 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 799-1010 
Map and Directions 

Contact Information:

Shauna Lemieux
Communications & Promotion
Vegas PBS
3050 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas NV 89121
702-799-1010 ext. 5352