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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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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 ...

Gov. Jim McGreevey

Newark, NJ, United States

The Challenges of Returning From Incarceration   This is an excerpt from Former New Jersey Gov. McGreevey's participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on October ...

Dr. Christopher Johnston

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Dr. Johnston’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 ...

Dr. Christopher Johnston

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Dr. Johnston’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 ...

Prosecutor Joseph Coronato

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Prosecutor Coronato'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 ...

ARTHUR TOMIE

Newark

Arthur Tomie, Ph.D. This is an excerpt from Dr. Tomie'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 ...

Police Chief James Batelli

Newark, NJ, United States

This is an excerpt from Police Chief James Batelli'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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Asm. Joseph Lagana

Newark, NJ, United States

Legislative Response to Crisis - Asm. Joseph Lagana This is an excerpt from Asm. Lagana's participation at the NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Community Forum on June 15, ...