Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

APRIL 26 FORUM IS OPEN TO COUNTY RESIDENTS AND WILL FOCUS ON ALL ASPECTS OF HEROIN AND OPIATE ABUSE 

 The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Daytop New Jersey and the Rockaway Township Substance Abuse Alliance will hold the “Morris County Heroin Summit of 2016’’ tonight, Tuesday, April 26, 7-9 p.m., at the Christ Church auditorium in Rockaway Township.

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IMPORTANT: Pre-registration is required. Call 973.627.2465 or email [email protected] as soon as possible to register.

Various experts and stakeholders will talk about the epidemic use of heroin, a drug issue that is overwhelming police, rescue and medical teams across the state and nation.

Panelist include Morris County Prosecutor Fredreic A. Knapp, Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury; Jim Curtin, president and CEO of Daytop New Jersey, Rockaway Township School Superintendent Greg McGann, former N.J. Net Tim Bassett, Daytop Director Dr. Gregory Bunt, plus parents and people in recovery.

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Prosecutor Fredric A. Knapp

“Criminal Justice must take a dynamic approach to this heroin and opiate problem,’’ said 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.”

According to Morris County law enforcement officials, we are in the midst of a heroin and opiate epidemic, with no state hit harder than New Jersey. Overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death, with more Americans dying every year from overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes.

heroin-use_1185pxAddiction to prescription opioid painkillers is the primary factor fueling heroin addiction.

Healthcare professionals write 250 million opioid painkiller prescriptions annually. The availability and misuse of prescription opioids combined with the low cost, potent heroin that has become easily accessible, is driving an increased demand for and use of heroin and ultimately claiming the lives of thousands of Americans.

Admission into New Jersey licensed substance abuse facilities has increased dramatically. More people are seeking treatment for addiction than there are available slots at treatment facilities. Neighborhoods are plagued with burglaries, thefts and violent crimes as heroin addicts commit these offenses to feed their habit. Morris County is not immune from these staggering statistics.

Heroin can be purchased cheaply and easily in Morris County, said Prosecutor Knapp. It’s inexpensive, available and very deadly, as evidenced by 43 people who died from heroin or opiate overdose in Morris County in 2015.

Kathy DeFillippo

Kathy DeFillippo

“This conference is a very positive step towards dealing with substances that are plaguing our young people, and hurting their families and communities,’’ sad Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “We must attack this issue in Morris County with facts, knowledge and public awareness.’’

Panelists at the Heroin Summit will address all aspects of heroin use and addiction.

Admission is free for the 7-9 p.m. event but registration is required. To register email [email protected] or call 973.627.2465 ext. 434.

For 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/