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NJTV challenges members of the public to write an original poem, write a testimonial or send a video about how addiction has affected themselves or their family.  The poem could be about a person’s own experiences with addiction and recovery, how drug abuse has affected his or her family, a memorial to someone lost to an overdose or other related experience. The poetry initiative is part of the network’s year-long community engagement project addressing the Garden State’s opioid and heroin overdose epidemic, entitled Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis.

In addition to submissions from the general public, two local professional poets, Grisel Acosta and Marjorie Barnes, were involved with NJTV’s Addiction Crisis initiative, attending the network’s community forum at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark in October 5, 2016. From their observations at the forum, they were challenged to write creative pieces that were read as in-progress works during the 2016 Dodge Poetry Festival at a session coordinated by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). The call for poems portion of NJTV’s Addiction Crisis initiative is made possible by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Each poetry submission in this site, and any statement or opinion expressed therein, is the work of its author, and does not reflect the views or opinions of NJTV.  Some material may contain graphic content.

Share your story of a struggle with addiction — be it your own story, or the struggle of a friend or family member.
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Patricia Moceo

Boca Raton, FL, USA

Patricia's Story - McDonough, Georgia one of those easy to forget and hard to spot on the map rural towns... Also, the place I called home. I was your stereotypical “Georgia ...

Jan Hiner

boca raton

From Motherless to Motherhood - Every little girl dreams of getting older and relishing in spa days and shopping sprees with their mom. I was no exception, but my story-line played ...

Stephen Kavalkovich

Marlton

I am a lifelong NJ resident and former paramedic for 15 years. I also was a 9/11 rescue worker who lost everything - my career, wife, kids, and reputation to ...

Marjorie Barnes

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Marjorie’s participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on October 5, 2016 at Boys and Girls Club of Newark. To ...

Maureen McLoughlin

Newark, NJ, United States

Maureen's Story This is an excerpt from Maureen’s participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on March 29, 2016 at The Clarion Hotel and Conference ...

Patty DiRenzo

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Patty DiRenzo’s participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on March 29, 2016 at The Clarion Hotel and Conference ...

Paul Ressler

Newark, NJ, United States

Paul's Story This is an excerpt from Paul Ressler’s participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on March 29, 2016 at The Clarion Hotel and ...

John Brogan

Newark, NJ, United States

John's Story This is an excerpt from John’s participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on March 29, 2016 at The Clarion Hotel and Conference ...

Alicia Cook

Toms River, NJ, United States

In October, Alicia Cook was prominently featured on the documentary NJTV series Here's the Story. The episode, entitled A Family Disease, focused on addiction's Direct effect on families. To view ...

NURRIDDIYN UMAR

Montclair, NJ, United States

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD/OR THE LATE NIGHT HORROR SHOW NOT FOR I BUT MY BRETHERENS CARE.WHAT I SAW SHOOK ME FROM MY TOES TO THE TIPS OF MY HAIR E=Mc2 DRUGS =DESTRUCTION ...

Jill Anne LaZare

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Jill LaZare’s participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on March 29, 2016 at The Clarion Hotel and Conference ...

Dan Nelson

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Dan's participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on June 15, 2016 at Rutgers University. To watch the recorded livestream ...

Kathy Gitto

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Kathy Gitto's participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on March 29, 2016 at The Clarion Hotel and Conference ...

Dimitri Reyes

Newark, NJ, United States

I Need My Pills by Dimitri Reyes the tears/ don’t fall out of these/ eyes/ because I have a problem/ it’s coming from the heat/ in my skull/ from blood rushing to my brain/ ...

Brendan Latimer

Point Pleasant Borough, New Jersey

When Nick got out of rehab April 2016 I was elated. Over the course of our friendship our paths crossed many times, each time burning up each other’s lives with ...