Friday, April 1st, 2016

The first of two important forums on the increasing use of heroin and other opiates will take place on Tuesday, April 5, in Montville.

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Montville Township Drug Awareness Council – Municipal Alliance will present “The Opiate Epidemic in Morris County,” a discussion about heroin, prescription opiates, and their impact on the community.

It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, from 7-8 p.m.,at the Montville High School auditorium, located at 100 Horsebeck Rd.

Scheduled speakers are Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Bradford C. Seabury and Lieutenant Andrew Caggiano of the Montville Police Department.

Admission is free and open to all teens and adults.

Registration is requested, by emailing [email protected] Those planning to attend should include their name and the number of people who will be with them.

This will be followed-up by the “Morris County Heroin Summit of 2016’’to be held April 26 in Rockaway Township.The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Daytop New Jersey and the Rockaway Township Substance Abuse Alliance have announced that a variety of stakeholders will participate at the forum, which is set for Tuesday, April 26, at Christ Church.

“Criminal Justice must take a dynamic approach to this heroin and opiate problem,’’ said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp. “The problem cannot be solved simply with the prison system. While we will vigorously prosecute profit-based drug dealers, we will also prioritize treatment for the addicted drug users.”

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp

“It is essential that we, as a community, become informed about this epidemic and that law enforcement, the medical community, addiction treatment professionals and the community at large discuss this problem and work on solutions to enhance prevention and encourage drug treatment for the addicted,” Knapp added.

Scheduled panelists at the Morris County Heroin Summit of 2016 will address all aspects of heroin use and addiction.

In addition to Prosecutor Knapp, the panel will include Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, Jim Curtin – President and CEO of Daytop New Jersey, Rockaway Township School Superintendent Greg McGann, former Nets (now Brooklyn Nets) star player Tim Bassett, Daytop New Jersey Medical Director Dr. Gregory Bunt, plus parents and recovering addicts.

While admission to the event is free, registration is required. To register email [email protected] or call 973.627.2465 ext. 434.

For more information on Daytop New Jersey, visit: http://www.daytopnj.org/

For information on addiction services provided in Morris County, visit: http://hs.morriscountynj.gov/addiction/