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

Forum, moderated by NJTV News Correspondent Michael Hill, is open to the public and will feature an expert panel to assess progress of the fight against addiction in the city and in New Jersey

April 19, 2018 – Newark, NJ – NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, will host a community forum in Newark, NJ on Thursday, May 10th to address the state’s heroin, opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic with a special focus on the situation in Newark. The forum, part of the network’s Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis community engagement initiative, will take a closer look at today’s drug crisis through the lens of New Jersey’s most populated city, Newark, and discuss the latest challenges, achievements, obstacles and options for treatment and recovery of individuals.

This open-to-the-public event, entitled, “New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis Forum – Fighting Opioid Addiction in New Jersey: Is Newark Winning?” will take place on Thursday, May 10th, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (panel begins at 6:00 p.m.) at the B.F. Johnson Community Center of Metropolitan Baptist Church, 149 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ.

Michael Hill of NJTV News

NJTV News Correspondent Michael Hill will moderate a panel of health professionals, law enforcement officials and experts, including Jim McGreevey, Former New Jersey Governor and Chairman of the Board, New Jersey Entry 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; and Joel Torres, MA, MCHES, ADAPT Manager, Family Connections, to discuss what is being done in Newark and across the state, and what other opportunities there are to curtail overdose, the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey.

There have been over 14,000 deaths from drug overdose since 2004 in New Jersey, with the rate of heroin overdoses in the state being three times that of the national average. According to the Attorney General’s Office real-time dashboard of the state’s opioid crisis, drug overdose has been linked to 813 deaths between January 1st and April 1st, 2018.

The award-winning community engagement series, Healthy NJ: New Jersey’s Drug Addiction Crisis, utilizes NJTV’s broadcast and online resources to spotlight the many facets of addiction, prevention, treatment and recovery related to heroin, opioid and other drug addiction in the Garden State.

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.


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.

 WHERE: B.F. Johnson Community Center of Metropolitan Baptist Church, 149 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ 07103.

WHEN: Thursday May 10th, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (panel starts at 6:00 p.m.)

FREE ADMISSION: Admission is free but you must pre-register to guarantee a seat. To RSVP visit www.njtvcommunityforum.eventbrite.com, on Facebook / NJTV Online, or send an email to betancourts@njtvonline.org.

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

More information can be found at: njdrugcrisis.org

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