RARITAN TWP., NJ – A “Knock Out Opioid Abuse” town hall will be held tomorrow, May 9, in the Assembly Room at the county’s Route 12 complex here.

The program is organized by Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

According to a press release, 20 people died of opioid overdoses in Hunterdon in 2016. Four years earlier, just eight people died from overdoses. Last year, there were more than 54,000 opioid prescriptions filled in Hunterdon.

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The program is open to all and will focus on the link between prescription opioid dependency and heroin use, and examines the causes and possible solutions of the opioid crisis from several perspectives including law enforcement, the medical community, prevention, recovery and government.

Speakers will include state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman; Hunterdon Acting First Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sweeney; Prevention Resources CEO Lesley Gabel; Certified Prevention Specialist Karen Widodo; and Freedom House Clinical Director Frank Lovell, III.

The program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. The county complex is located at 314 Rt. 12, where the Headquarters Branch of the Hunterdon library is also located.