Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Parents, Residents Concerned About Opioid Epidemic Invited to Free Training

photo of a pile of various pillsA nationally recognized expert on underage alcohol and drug abuse will train parents and other community members at a free forum on Jan. 9, sponsored by Community Partners for Hope.

Jermaine Galloway, a retired Boise, Idaho police officer better known as Tall Cop (he is 6 feet 9 inches tall), created “High in Plain Sight” program and has trained more than 105,000 people nationwide.

photo of Jermaine Galloway

Jermaine Galloway

Galloway will discuss how the opioid trade manages to become a part of a community, and how citizens can help protect children and young adults from being caught up in in it. The training empowers attendees to detect signs of underage drinking and drug use.

Galloway uses more than 70 visual aids so community members become familiar with new drugs, logos and other identifiers, potential stash compartments, and pictures, songs and clothing connected to drugs.

The forum is the fourth in a series offered by Community Partners for Hope, a coalition of 11 community groups and houses of worship committed to addressing the opioid addiction crisis.

“High in Plain Sight” will take place Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, 529 Newark Pompton Turnpike. (Galloway will also conduct a private presentation for the professional staff at Pequannock Township High School.)

Tickets to the event are free, but registration is required. Reserve a seat at cpfh1801.eventbrite.com