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Fire Chief Battling West Virginia's Opioid Epidemic to Speak in Wheeling

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(WTRF) -- A West Virginia Fire Chief battling the state's opioid epidemic in the national eye is coming to the Ohio Valley to share her experiences.

Huntington Fire Chief Jan Radar, one of the three women featured in the Netflix Documentary Heroin(e), will be in Wheeling this Thursday.

Chief Radar will be a panelist for the Wheeling Academy of Law and Science Foundation as part of their Jobs First agenda discussion series.

The series deals with national issues that are affected by the economy.

WALS Executive Director Sean Duffy said judging by the un-employment and lack of hope across the state, the epidemic is tied to the economy.

Duffy said after seeing the documentary, he knew Jan is the perfect person to lead the discussion.

"She's been on meet the press and she's become something of a celebrity and she deserves it because her actions in dealing with this crisis are just commendable," said Duffy.

The other panelist is Dan Wymer, who is a local professor who specializes in the history of drug cartels.

The event is this Thursday, it is free and open to the public, and starts with a free showing of the documentary at 6 at the First State Capitol Building in Wheeling.

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