‘Knock Out Opioid Abuse’ Town Hall in Little Egg Harbor May 17

May 14, 2018

A Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series hosted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 850 Railroad Drive in Little Egg Harbor Township. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for dinner and registration. This free event will be held in collaboration with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Calvary Baptist Church.

This Town Hall series focuses on the link between prescription opioid dependency and heroin use and examines the causes and possible solutions of the opioid crisis from several perspectives, including law enforcement, government, the medical community, prevention, treatment and recovery.

Ocean County has been greatly impacted by the opioid crisis. In 2016, 253 people died of drug overdoses in Ocean County, a majority of which involved heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioids. That total represented the second-highest among New Jersey’s 21 counties.

Speakers will include Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato; Dr. Muhammad Abbas, Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Pastor Mike Dellaperute, Calvary Baptist Church; Lisa Dejesus, B.S., director of Prevention Services, Prevention Links; and Michael Capko, manager of the DART Coalition. —P.J.

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