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BBC heads to Central Illinois for series on opioid crisis

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The ongoing struggle central Illinois is seeing with opioids is drawing international interest.

The BBC is in town to shoot a multi-part series on how this drug problem is hitting America - especially central Illinois.

Local opioid addiction stakeholders attended a meeting today on Grandview Drive. The crew from the BBC had a chance to interview members of our community who have lost someone to these drugs.

"I think often in stories like this you can deal in numbers, you can see the number increases year by year, you can see the spike in opioid deaths but behind every one of those numbers there's a story and people have been telling us their stories tonight and they're incredibly heart wrenching, they're incredibly sad, and they're incredibly moving,” said BBC correspondent Nick Bryant.

The British broadcasters say their goal is to remove the stigma of opioid addiction.

They add they're trying to put a face to the families and local leaders that end up directly impacted.

One of the ladies at the shoot said she hopes the project will help to further educate the public.

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