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Prevention and Education (2016)

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Prevention and Education: Strategies in the fight against drug addiction. What works? What doesn’t?

Substance abuse is chronic in New Jersey.  Join a public conversation about tactics to deter addiction. NJTV News correspondent Briana Vannozzi hosts a panel discussion with health professionals, law enforcement officials and individuals affected by substance abuse to learn what works, what doesn’t and what the experts see for the future of substance abuse education and prevention. NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum featuring panel discussion with public Q&A; informational tables from prevention and education facilities, treatment providers and other experts in the field of drug addiction.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 15th; 6:30-9pm (doors will open at 6:30 pm).  Free admission

WHERE: Rutgers University – Busch Student Center; 604 Bartholomew Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ.

WATCH: Can’t attend?  Watch the forum via livestream on this page at on June 15th.


  • Asm. Joseph A. Lagana – D-38 –  Asm. Lagana has represented the 38th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since January 2014.  He attended Fordham University where he received a B.A. in history in 2000 and later attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he received his J.D. in 2004. He has served as a clerk to Superior Court Judge John A. Conte before joining Chasan Leyner & Lamparello, a law firm in Secaucus as a partner. In the Assembly, he serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, and the Judiciary Committee.
  • Mahwah Police Chief James N. Batelli – Chief  Batelli joined the Mahwah Police Department (MPD) as a patrol officer in 1978 and rose through the ranks of the Patrol Division to become Chief of Police in February 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University, and completed all class work requirements (ABD) for his Ph.D dissertation from CUNY John Jay College. He also graduated from the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School (LEEDS). Under the direction off Chief Batelli the MPD received international accreditation through the Commission on Law Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), one of the select law enforcement agencies in the nation to hold that status. He sits on the Board of Officers of the Mahwah Municipal Alliance, a not for profit organization whose mission is to sponsor youth programs that develop leadership skills and discuss the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse.  Click here to visit Mahwah Municipal Alliance website.
  • Frank Greenagel, MPAP, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS, is a clinical social worker who specializes in addiction & recovery treatment. He is licensed in NJ, NY, and PA. Frank is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work and an instructor at the Center of Alcohol Studies. He writes a blog at He conducts trainings and delivers keynote speeches around the country. He completed a Master in Public Affairs and Politics in 2015. He is on the Board of Directors for Hazelden-Betty Ford NYC. For more information, click here.
  • Diane Litterer, MPA, CPS, CEO & Executive Director of New Jersey Prevention Network – Diane Litterer, MPA, CPS, has been in the field of substance abuse prevention for over 28 years and has developed state-of-the-art prevention programs that have received federal, state, county and local funding. Diane manages several statewide initiatives including the Addiction Training and Workforce Development Project, which provides training for the addiction field; the Military Family Project serving military personnel and their families; the Training and Technical Assistance program for 17 Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions throughout New Jersey; among many others. Click here to acces NJPN Coalition Searchable Database.
  • Joel Torres, MCHES, Senior Coordinator for ADAPT – Alcohol and Prevention Team
    Joel Torres, CHES, ADAPT Senior Coordinator, is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Masters in Public and Organizational Relations at Montclair State University. Joel is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) with over six years of experience in community organizing, outreach, advocacy, and grassroots campaigns.  For more information, click here.       
  • Dr. Arthur Tomie, Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey – Arthur Tomie is a professor and addiction research scientist. He currently holds two faculty appointments at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Graduate Program in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Neuro Pharmaco Genetics Lab, Center of Alcohol Studies. For more information about sign-tracking, click here.

About the Event Moderator

Briana is NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams’s correspondent who has covered the New Jersey legislature, two governors and produced several public affairs programs. She has extensive experience in radio and television journalism while a reporter covering crime, politics and daily life stories in New York and New Jersey.

NJTV’s Community Engagement Liaison Selma Betancourt, MS produced the multi-faceted event.

NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Crisis initiative is a multi-platform initiative made possible by major funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and additional support from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

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May 20, 2016

How to tell if you’re at risk for drug and alcohol addiction

via NY Daily News

June 17, 2016

Event Recap: NJTV’s Third “Healthy NJ” Drug Forum Balances Thoughtful Discourse on Drug Prevention & Education Tactics

May 11, 2016

Prince, opioids and the rest of us: America needs a massive public education campaign to help people hooked on Percocet and related drugs

via New York Daily News

June 16, 2016

Shining a Light on Drug Prevention Education

via NJTV News

June 16, 2016

Lagana Introduces Comprehensive Legislative Package to Help Battle Opioid & Heroin Crisis in NJ

June 16, 2016

NJ parents misunderstand opioid abuse, survey finds

via Courier Post

June 15, 2016

Parents should worry about alcohol — the gateway drug for teens, NJ advocates say

via New Jersey 101.5

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