Townsquare Radio Hosts ‘Hometown Heroin’ Discussion at Ocean County College

Mar 13, 2017

As WOBM news director Tom Mongelli somberly points out, “The wreckage of lives, careers, fortunes, families, and loved ones caught in Ocean County’s heroin and opiate abuse problem grows each passing day.” Next Monday, those in attendance and listening in to “Hometown Heroin: A Townsquare Tonight Town Hall Event” at Ocean County College, can hear what leaders in law enforcement and rehabilitation are doing about this crisis.

At 7 p.m. on March 20, 92.7 WOBM-FM and Beach Radio 1160/1310 WOBM-AM will be live at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on OCC’s main campus in Toms River. The one-hour event will be streamed on wobm.com, mybeachradio.com and ocean.edu. It will also be simulcast on WOBM radio – 92.7 FM and 1160/1310 AM – and on OCC’s TV station, Ocean TV20 (Channel 20 on Comcast of Toms River and Long Beach Island and Channel 24 on Verizon Fios in northern Ocean County).

Listeners and viewers can tweet questions @WOBM, directly to the moderator’s podium. Attendees may ask questions directly from the floor or write questions on file cards for possible inclusion in the proceedings. In addition, attendees will be able to speak one-on-one with panelists.

The dais includes Joseph D. Coronato, Ocean County prosecutor; Michael G. Mastronardy, Ocean County sheriff; John Brogan, recovering heroin addict, Opioid Overdose Recovery Program; Steve Willis, co-founder of Hope Sheds Light; and Anthony Castellano, vice president of substance abuse services for Preferred Behavioral Health.

As OCC explains, WOBM news reporter Vin Ebenau will moderate the discussion, “touching on the indescribable allure of opiates, the trap of addiction for pain-management patients, rooting out dealers and cutting off supplies, advances in rehabilitation for restoring and mending lives, and the role the public can play in stemming the tide of drug dependence.”

Event attendees are directed to park in Parking Lot #2. —J.K.-H.

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