CHERRY HILL, NJ--Residents of Camden County are invited to join the conversation on the national opioid epidemic as the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey continues its Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series.
Organized with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the town hall series focuses on the issue of prescription drug dependency and heroin abuse and includes collaboration from hundreds of local prevention and treatment organizations, as well as local and county law enforcement, government and medical community leaders.
The Camden County Town Hall is co-sponsored by the Community Alliance Network of Camden County, the Cherry Hill Police Department, the Cherry Hill Alliance on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Camden County Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Inc.
In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose, an average of about 91 deaths per day, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Camden County, a majority of the state-high 191 deadly drug overdoses in 2015 involved opioids.
“All residents of New Jersey are encouraged to join the conversation and participate in their local Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall to understand the disease of addiction, develop strategies to help protect their families and identify resources to address individuals who have become dependent on prescription drugs or are abusing heroin,” said Angelo Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
Speakers will include:
- NJ Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones
- Kaitlan Baston, MD, Medical Director, Addiction Medicine, Cooper University Health Care
- John Thompson, Program Director of Living Proof Recovery Center
- Mariel Hufnagel, Executive Director, The Ammon Foundation
- Naomi Hubbard, Executive Director/CEO, Camden County Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, Inc.
10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 3 (Doors open at 9 a.m.)
Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Hwy North, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
FOR MORE INFORMATION: A dedicated website, knockoutopioidabuse.drugfreenj.org, has been created to provide a full schedule of countywide town hall meetings and registration information. Knockoutopioidabuse.drugfreenj.org also will provide local, county and state substance abuse prevention and treatment resources available.
Best known for its statewide anti-drug advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication. To date, more than $70 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception, the Partnership has garnered 166 advertising and public relations awards from national, regional and statewide media organizations.