‘Tools for Teens’ in Toms River Focuses on Heroin/Opiate Epidemic

Apr 21, 2017

The Ocean County Library will be hosting Tools for Teens and Adults Opiate and Heroin Forum on Thursday, May 4, beginning 6 p.m. in Mancini Hall at the Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St.

Kate Sanchez, supervising librarian/public relations, said the forum will include a discussion of the heroin crisis among the teen and young adult community; the disease of addiction; aspects of recovery; scope of the problem in Ocean County; local resources; and what the community can do to reduce and prevent substance abuse among young people.

Moderator is Steve Willis, co-founder of Hope Sheds Light. He will be joined by representatives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office; Toms River Police Department; Ocean County Health, Drug & Alcohol Department; Care Management Organization Children’s System of Care; and a recovery specialist from RWJ Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.

Sanchez said parents are encouraged to bring their teens or pre-teens ages 12 and up. There will also be a resource fair outside Mancini Hall prior to the discussion.

Tools for Teens and Adults is a series of free programs funded through a community collaboration involving the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County Youth Services Commission, Ocean County Health Department, New Jersey Superior Court Probation Juvenile Supervision, Municipal Alliance Project, NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Ocean County Library.

Registration is required. For more information, log on to theoceancountylibrary.org. —E.E.

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