Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Morris County Department of Human Services and the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, in concert with the Morris County Freeholders and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, present:

Chasing the Dragon: Confronting the Opiate Epidemic in our Communities



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meadow Wood Manor, 461 Route 10, Randolph




Prescription drug abuse is happening in our homes and in many cases leading to heroin abuse – unfortunately no family is immune to this epidemic. Please join our panel of experts to learn the scope of the problem, how lives are being affected, and what is being done to confront this epidemic.

 Speakers include:

Angela Conover of Partnership for a Drug Free NJ,
who will discuss the importance of a comprehensive multi-media and multi-cultural public awareness campaign.

Chief James Abbott of the West Orange Police Department,
who will discuss Operation HOPE (Heroin/Opiate Prevention Effort), an affiliation between the West Orange Police Department and Integrity House, allowing individuals seeking help for a substance use disorder to get help without fear of arrest.

Dr. Lewis Nelson, of Rutgers NJ Medical School,  who will discuss the need for all prescribers to understand the dangers of pain medications and serious consequences of over-prescribing.

Dr. William Holubek of CarePoint Health, who will discuss the importance of alternatives to pain medications, especially in Emergency Departments.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Bradford C. Seabury, who will discuss the impact the heroin and opiate crisis is having on Morris County

The program includes a screening of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict” produced by the Dept. of Justice and the FBI.

Prosecutor Fredric A. Knapp

Prosecutor Fredric A. Knapp

The Morris County Freeholders, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, and the Morris County Task Force on Opiates have been leaders in calling attention to the opiates epidemic.

The mission of the Task Force on Opiates is to deter the misuse of opiate medications and use of heroin, reduce the stigma surrounding addiction, enhance access to treatment, and prevent overdose deaths in Morris County through education, advocacy and collaboration.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required. There will be a buffet dinner from 5-6 p.m.

Seating is limited, so register today.

For more information, call (973) 285-6867 or (973) 625-1998