District Attorney General Ray Crouch is using a public showing of “Toy Story 4” on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Riverbluff Park in Ashland City to warn people about the powerful opioid fentanyl.
The announcement of the movie event on Ashland City’s official Facebook page contains the logos for both the town and Crouch’s office, which handles prosecutions in five counties including Cheatham.
Crouch said the event provides a “great opportunity” to launch an anti-fentanyl program locally. It is part of a statewide program announced Sept. 2 by the Tennessee Attorneys General Conference called “Fentanyl: The Deadliest High.”
“Every movie attendee will receive educational materials demonstrating the lethal consequences of using fentanyl,” Crouch said in an email.
Ashland City Parks & Recreation Department Director Scott Sampson said Crouch’s office is sponsoring the event. Crouch said his office paid $450 for the rights to show the 2019 Disney Pixar movie, plus $1,083 in equipment fees.
The event is free to the public. Social distancing is encouraged, and people should bring lawn chairs or a blanket, according to the Facebook announcement. Concessions and parking begin at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk.
Crouch said the Cheatham County Soccer Association will be offering the concessions, with all proceeds going to that group.
Sampson said the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board chose the movie and that Crouch is a member of the board.
Crouch’s office covers the 23rd Judicial District, which consists of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart counties. Crouch was elected in 2014, running unopposed, and his term lasts until 2022.
Crouch said in an email: “Cheatham County is currently experiencing a record number of overdoses and overdose deaths. To combat the epidemic, our efforts will focus on three areas: 1) increased drug education and awareness; 2) increased rehabilitation resources for those suffering from addiction; and 3) punishment targeting the drug dealer.
“Prosecutors and law enforcement are enforcing new laws aimed at punishing the drug dealers. Individuals choosing to sell fentanyl in our communities will be targeted. If a death results from the illegal sale of fentanyl the drug dealer will be charged and prosecuted for murder.”
The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference said fentanyl is “nearly 100 times more powerful than morphine.”