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Fighting Opioid Addiction… (2018)

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Join NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, for a public conversation about

Fighting Opioid Addiction in New Jersey: Is Newark Winning?

Take a  closer look at today’s drug crisis through the lens of New Jersey’s most populated city, from the latest challenges and achievements obstacles to options for treatment and recovery of individuals.

           Thursday, May 10, 2018
           5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (panel starts at 6:00 p.m.)
           B.F. Johnson Community Center of Metropolitan Baptist Church,
           149 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ 07103

NJTV News Correspondent Michael Hill moderates a panel of health professionals, law enforcement officials and experts to discuss the state’s heroin, opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic. What’s being done in Newark and across the state?  What more can be done at the local and state agency level?

Panel and experts-on hand (subject to change):

  • Jim McGreevey, Former New Jersey Governor and Chairman of the Board, New Jersey Reentry Corporation
  • Stephen Stirling, NJ Advance Media Reporter
  • Sue A. Seidenfeld, MS, LCADC, CCS, COPE Center Inc, Executive Director
  • Joel Torres, MA, MCHES, ADAPT Manager, Family Connections
  • Robert J. Budsock, President and CEO, Integrity House
  • Rev. John Williford, Associate Minister, Metropolitan Baptist Church

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone whose life has been touched by drug abuse or knows someone at-risk for overdose. Individuals who would like to recognize, deter and prevent substance abuse from a loved one or colleague are encouraged to attend.

WHAT: Panel discussion with public Q&A, interactive presentations, and informational tables from treatment providers and other experts in the field of drug addiction. Refreshments will be provided.

FREE ADMISSION: Pre-registration is recommended to guarantee a seat. RSVP now on Facebook/NJTVonline, or visit

CAN’T ATTEND? Watch via livestream at NJTV Online – YouTube

Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum is made possible by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The views expressed in the programming do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

About the Event Moderator

Michael Hill is an award-winning news anchor and reporter with stints in New York, Dallas, New Orleans and beyond. He’s covered some of the world’s most memorable events over the last three decades. Hill’s interest in covering news runs the gamut and he feels right at home discovering and re-discovering his native New Jersey. Michael was Student Council President at Barringer High School where he ran track and played on the state-championship-winning football team. Barringer is where Michael’s passion for investigation and storytelling were channeled in to broadcast journalism. Hill feels the truth is worth the pursuit. Check out the latest Tweets from Michael (@HillNJTV).

About the Initiative:

The forum is part of NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis community engagement initiative, utilizing the network’s broadcast and online resources to spotlight the many facets of addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery related to heroin, opioid and other drug addiction the Garden State. This award-winning community engagement initiative aims to unite the public with experts and organizations working to combat this epidemic,  explore solutions and challenges faced by individuals and agencies across the state.  Since 2016, NJTV’s “Healthy NJ” initiative has reached almost 2 million people via livestream, in-person town hall forums, and through NJTV News stories inspired by the content of these community engagement activities.

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

Related News

May 17, 2018

Event Recap: NJTV’s Newark Drug Forum Features Hard Discussions on Opioid Abuse & Treatment

via WNET

May 15, 2018

How to lessen New Jersey’s drug addiction crisis

via NJTV News

April 3, 2018

Murphy calls for $100 million to combat opioid crisis

via NJTV News

December 20, 2015

Welcome to Herointown, New Jersey’s 4th-largest city

via NJ Advance Media for

February 28, 2018

N.J. drug overdose deaths on the rise, new report shows

via Press Atlantic

April 20, 2018

School professionals discuss need for mental health services

via NJTV News

April 19, 2018

NJTV To Host Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum In Newark on May 10 at 5:30pm

via NJTV Online

January 20, 2017

NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis – YEAR END REVIEW

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