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Over 2.5 million Americans suffer from opioid use disorder, which contributed to over 28,000 overdose deaths in 2014.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) 

Elected officials will meet the community at Dee’s Barbershop to discuss the Heroin Epidemic and addictive behavior that is impacting our children. Special guest include Delegate Lamont Bagby, Delegate Deloris McQuinn, Henrico County Jail-East Sheriff Mike Wade, and Pastor Timothy Kirven

Peer Recovery Specialist Jerry Lee

Delegate Lamont Bagby (district 74, Henrico)

In Richmond, Virginia the use of opioids, in particular heroin, threatens our homes and communities on a daily basis. As awareness builds, many are left struggling to find a solution. Listen Up Barbershop Talks has become a catalyst for just that.

For an hour and a half Barbershop Talks, sponsored by the Rolling For Freedom-R4F and the Broken Men Foundation, sets the table for open conversation with African-American men to discuss the truth about the heroin epidemic. Participants speak candidly about their struggles with addiction. They fill the room with vivid illustrations about what led them to the drug and what steps they’ve taken to overcome it.

The next Barbershop Talk, One Community of Solutions is Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Dee’s Barbershop located 1229 North Laburnum Avenue Henrico, VA. Space is limited so arrive early. Also, watch us on facebook live @CloviaLawrence and instragram live @community_clo


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Hosted by heroin survivor Jerry Lee – who spent 23 years in prison for his substance use disorder, Ellery Lundy of the Broken Men Foundation, and Clovia Lawrence of Rolling for Freedom, Project Give Back, and Radio One Richmond, the night focuses on how we can bring our communities out of crisis.

Our first Barbershop Talk introduced the world of heroine addiction from the user’s perspective. Followed by a session the next month that focused on “Changing the Narrative.”

Barbershop Talks: The Heroin Epidemic – October 28

Barbershop Talks: Changing the Narrative – November 18

Barbershop Talks: 2016 Finale Prt. 1 – December 16

Barbershop Talks: 2016 Finale Prt. 2 – December 16


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