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***Fighting Opioid Addiction

About this Event

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
  • Juan Colon, National Director of Illegal Opioids and Drug Solutions, SAS Institute
  • 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

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, visit www.njtvcommunityforum.eventbrite.comby email at or by phone at 973-233-8398.

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.