NJTV Forum to Discuss NJ Drug Crisis, Treatment and Recovery Efforts Live from the Boys & Girls Club of Newark on October 5th at 6:30pm

Event to be livestreamed at njdrugcrisis.org

September 8, 2016 – NEWARK, NJ –  NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced that the next community forum in its Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis initiative will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark on Wednesday, October 5th from 6pm-8:30pm.

The panel discussion, moderated by NJTV News correspondent Michael Hill, will include health professionals, law enforcement officials and experts who will discuss the complexities and options for treatment and recovery of individuals from all walks of life affected by the state’s heroin, opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic. NJTV welcomes the general public to be a part of the forum in person or watch the discussion online.

The Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction forum will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark at 1 Avon Avenue in Newark, NJ on Wednesday, October 5th from 6pm – 8:30p.m.  Add the livestream event to your e-calendar by clicking here. (Note: Livestream coverage, provided by NJTV News, will coincide with actual events.)

Panelists scheduled to attend include (subject to change):

  • * Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, Executive Director, Jersey City Employment and Training Program and Chairman of the Board, New Jersey Reentry Corporation
  • * Earl Lipphardt, MA, Chief Residential Officer – Integrity House
  • * Indra Cidambi, Medical Director and Founder of Center for Network Therapy
  • * Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura, Essex County Sheriff

There will also be information tables from prevention facilities, treatment providers and other expert organizations to provide the public with resources at the event.

The forum is part of NJTV’s year-long community engagement initiative, utilizing its broadcast and online resources to spotlight what New Jersey is doing to tackle heroin, opioid and other drug use and to reduce the number of overdose deaths. The Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis project covers all aspects of addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery, and shares stories of struggle and success to educate and inform the community.

Central to the initiative are a website, njdrugcrisis.org, and a series of community forums which NJTV is hosting throughout the state to convene the public, community partners, business leaders, policy makers and medical experts to discuss a road map for dealing with drug addiction and recovery.

This initiative is made possible with major funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and additional support from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Organizations collaborating on this effort include the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Junior League of NJ – State Public Affairs Committee, New Jersey Drug Policy Alliance, Mental Health Association of NJ, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention, among others.

For more information about NJTV’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addition Crisis Initiative or to join NJTV’s efforts, please contact Selma Betancourt, MS at 973-233-8398 or email betancourts@njtvonline.org. Learn more about NJTV and its programming at https://www.njtvonline.org/.


WHAT: The Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction community forum and livestream event to discuss what’s working and not working in drug abuse treatment and recovery.

WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Newark at 1 Avon Avenue in Newark, NJ 

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

[Doors open at 6:00pm; panel discussion 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.]

CONTACT: Selma Betancourt, MS at 973-233-8398 or email betancourts@njtvonline.org.

About NJTV

NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to all 21 counties in New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors. NJTV presents acclaimed PBS series such as Nature, Charlie Rose and BBC World News America and children’s programs with diverse local programs including American Songbook at NJPAC, On the Record with Michael Aron, Driving Jersey, NJDocs, Due Process, One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Classroom Close-Up NJ and State of the Arts.

The network’s flagship news broadcast, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams, features stories from across the Garden State.

NJTV, headquartered at the Agnes Varis NJTV Studio in Newark with additional studios at the Trenton State House and New Jersey City University as well as university content bureaus across the state, strives to engage the community and increase public awareness of critical local issues. Its most recent community outreach initiative, Healthy NJ: News Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis, combines community forums, news reporting and a resource-driven website to help combat the state’s heroin and opioid overdose crisis. The NJTV website offers online programs and free digital resources for educators.

NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Network sponsorships and partnerships are available.

About Boys & Girls Club of Newark

Since 1938, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark has provided affordable after school, weekend, and summer programs to thousands of children in Newark and the surrounding communities. With nearly 1,109 members served annually, we offer a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle. For more information about our programs and services, please visit our website at http://www.bgcn.org.