Film on Duluth Synthetic Drug Battle Debuts

By KBJR News 1

Film on Duluth Synthetic Drug Battle Debuts

June 24, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A community forum Monday night took a second, in-depth look at the problems surrounding synthetic drugs in the Northland.

The event hosted by the Lake Superior Medical Society at Clyde Iron Works featured the debut of a short film entitled "Ground Zero - Duluth's Battle Against Synthetic Drugs.

The movie, produced by Jonathan Bothun, explores the controversial topic from the perspectives of medical professionals and users of the substance.

Bothun said he's produced several other movies about drug use and hopes his latest creation will help spread awareness.

"Dependency issues, I think, affect a lot of different people in the community in different ways and I've been touched by them and my films have a tendency to touch on those subjects and this was just another variation of the subject and I thought I could use my skills to help people learn more about them and hopefully prevent some of the issues in the future," said Bothun.

Following the film, panelists including police officers, an attorney and a Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) answered questions about synthetic drugs.

The owner of the Last Place on Earth, Jim Carlson, was also in attendance.

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