EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ - The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) recently held its Annual Dinner at Essex County Hospital, thanking 18 members of the community who went above and beyond to help ADAPT accomplish its goals and objectives this past year.  ADAPT, managed by FAMILYConnections is a 90+ member community coalition dedicated to reducing under-age drinking and drug use and abuse throughout Essex County.

 “ADAPT works with local organizations, residents and community partners to achieve its education, awareness and advocacy goals," says Jacques Hryshko, FAMILYConnections' Executive Director. "Our honorees worked within their sphere of influence and throughout the County to support ADAPT initiatives which included but were not limited to public service announcements, sticker shock campaigns, and growing the number of prescription drop boxes in Essex County. We look forward to another year of spreading ADAPT’s message of prevention and healthy living to Essex County residents.”

This year’s honorees from Orange and East Orange were:

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  • East Orange Police Chief Phyillis L. Bindi
  • East Orange Sgt. Yasmine Johnson
  • East Orange Police Office Cory Patterson

To learn more about ADAPT, please visit www.essexadapt.org or contact Joel Torres, ADAPT’s Coalition Manager at jtorres@familyconnectionsnj.org

FAMILYConnections is an Essex County non-profit counseling and family service agency.  To learn more, please visit:  www.familyconnectionsnj.org.