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Conference on Monmouth Heroin Epidemic Friday

The clinical conference featuring a panel of health and law enforcement experts will be held at Monmouth University.

Monmouth County's Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Monmouth University and Monmouth Cares, Inc. will host a clinical conference on the heroin-opioid epidemic in Monmouth County from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Monmouth University.

The morning sessions will be at Pollak Theatre and the afternoon sessions will be at Woodrow Wilson Hall.

Monmouth County Department of Human Services Director Charles Brown will be the moderator for the day and the panelists will include Acting Prosecutor Gramiccioni, Lynn Kovich the NJ Asst. Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Abby Boxman who lost her son to a heroin overdose. Several other state and local professionals will provide insight and information about this epidemic.

The conference will emphasize treatment interventions across the life span, related co-occurring disorders and law enforcement initiatives
commonman March 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM
say no to drugs and yes to hugs
Jenna Michelle March 19, 2014 at 06:20 PM
Does it cost anything to attend?
Ken Barber March 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM
How come we can't follow the money trail or the path of the distribution of drugs ? The whole effort here is to consentrate on the consumer. If there was no supplier, the problem would stop. My only conclusion is the important people are on the take! Show me that I am wrong.
dani741 March 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Hard as this concept may be, purchasing Heroin is as simple as going to the store to buy a "Quart of Milk"... same as purchasing "Marijuana". Until you have a child who is caught up in this "Nightmare", this is all to much to comprehend. I Pray our Government, Police Departments, can put together a "Hard Core, No Nonsense around the clock Task Force" that will address this horrific epidemic of Drugs in our city streets, schools, communities... It's everywhere. I have known of 5 young men under the age of 25 who have died from Drug Related Incidents. I go to bed every night praying my phone doesn't ring. The individuals involved in the trafficking of these drugs are many miles ahead of the law & I wish the answer to locating distributors were as easy as following a money trail. Distributors are the children in our schools, from middle class families, young adults, older ones as well who you would never think would ever be involved in dealing & distributing drugs. This epidemic does not discriminate. When your 16 years old & can pocket more then a $1000.00 a day, your not considering your life or others at such disastrous risks or that the drug you just sold may kill someone. It's just about the $1,000.00 he/she just made & their next high. We need a "Drug Task Force" on every corner of our communities & even then I'm not sure that would be enough. Until this nightmare moves into your house & your family is touched in every way by the Drug Epidemic, I feel it's almost to much to wrap your head around & comprehend. Now with the Spring & Summer here, parties & kids everywhere wanting to have a good time, this epidemic of drug trafficking & consumption will increase beyond human perception.
Lucretia B March 21, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Sorry, Charlie but is this the way to get young people off of heroin? Go out and get them off.

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