A free screening of a new movie which portrays the struggle of drug addiction will take place Tuesday night in Mays Landing.

Amazon Studios has partnered with national nonprofit Center on Addiction to present the special screening of "Beautiful Boy" in twenty cities across the country.

The screening will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Regal Hamilton Commons on the Black Horse Pike.

Feb. 12 is National Day of Action on Addiction. Organizers of the event hope screening the movie will highlight the importance of community engagement, a press release said. 

According the state Attorney General's Office, New Jersey saw a 15 percent increase in drug-related overdose deaths in 2018 over the previous year. Atlantic County had 190 of suspected drug overdose deaths in 2018, the fifth highest overall in the state. 

"Beautiful Boy" stars Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet depicting the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. The movie is based on the memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff, who will participate in a livestreamed Q&A after the screening. 

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