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Lexington's new mayor, Baptist Health host free screening of opiod addiction movie

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LEXINGTON, Ky.- Lexington's new mayor has been on the job for less than two weeks, but Linda Gorton is already moving forward with plans to tackle the opioid crisis. Wednesday night Mayor Gorton and Baptist Health Lexington hosted a free screening of "Beautiful Boy" at the Kentucky Theater.

Based on a true story, the film explores the limits of treatment and family love in confronting the power of addiction. A registered nurse, Gorton made combating opioid addiction a central theme of her campaign.

She hopes the film will spur new discussions about how to solve an urgent problem.

The state Office of Drug Control Policy says more than 1,500 Kentuckians died as the result of an overdose in 2017.

To see where Kentucky ranks national among overdoses read the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center's report here.

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