BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services is holding a Town Hall-style forum where residents can discuss the opioid crisis affecting families throughout New Jersey. They will also have the opportunity to be a part of the solution to the epidemic.

The forum, ‘Knock Out Opioid Abuse’ will take place Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield Public Library.

“Fighting the opioid crisis takes a village, and I salute the Department of Health and Human Services for organizing this forum, and thank our excellent guest speakers for being a part of this collaboration,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “As a parent, I am glad these forums are happening, and I encourage everyone to participate Tuesday night. I also want to encourage anyone who has prescription drugs at their house and is worried about them getting into the wrong hands to safely dispose of them at the Bloomfield Police Department, where our anonymous drug drop-off box is open 365 days a year.”

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The guest speakers for Tuesday’s program include: Janet Philips, PsyD, Program Manager at Rutgers Health - University Behavioral Health Care; Marie Hufnagel of Ammon Foundation; and Lewis S. Nelson, of University Hospital. The event is sponsored by Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

“I would like to thank all of our speakers for lending their expertise. Opioid addiction can affect anyone, and it is especially prevalent among student athletes, so parents are a key part of the solution,” said Karen Lore, Director of Health and Welfare at the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services. “Doors open Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., and we invite everyone in the community to be a part of this necessary dialogue.”