THE COMMUNITY IS INVITED-On Wednesday, March 25th,  join leaders in the fight against opioid addiction:  Hear from local leaders from Monmouth County, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport, Union Beach and more. Meet those in the trenches fighting drug abuse in our neighborhoods, yes our neighborhoods - Every. Day. 

THE EVENT: KNOCK OUT OPIOID ABUSE, A BAYSHORE TOWN HALL 

WHEN: March 25, 2020, doors open at 6pm, event begins at 7pm. 

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WHERE: Raritan High School, 419 Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ 07730

Experts in the medical field, law enforcement, education, prevention, treatment, recovery and the faith community will provide a comprehensive look into how this crisis is affecting the Bayshore community and what local leaders and residents can do to help address the problem. Speakers among others will include:

• Maria A. Reverendo, Captain of Detectives, Narcotics and Criminal Enterprise Investigation Section, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
• Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, DO, Emergency Medicine, Riverview Medical Center
• Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
• Philip O’ Hara, Lead Recovery Coach, Hazlet’s Hope Network
• Dr. Scott Ridley, Superintendent, Hazlet Public Schools
• Ellen Edwards, Hazlet’s Hope Network
• Chief Philip Meehan, Hazlet Township Police Department

Doors open at 6 p.m. Prior to the town hall, you  can learn more about everyday indicators of drug use or risky behavior through the DEA’s Hidden in Plain Sight presentation.

The opioid crisis impacts every community in New Jersey. Learn how to be part of the solution. Register atknockoutopioidabuse.drugfreenj.org/town-halls/monmouth-county/bayshore.

Watch Video Below and read more details! 

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: The drug overdose epidemic... "No, not here, not in my town!"  Yes.  Yes in our town, yes in every town in America.  Ask the parents who have buried their child. Drug overdose deaths of our youth is an epidemic.  Take Hazlet, NJ for example. Hazlet has buried or cremated over 50 former students or graduates of Hazlet's High School (Raritan High School). 

Fifty young lives tragically taken. Fifty families destroyed, living a life sentence without their beloved child alive. A few years ago local parents, community leaders, students, and local law enforcement joined together and formed Hazlet's Hope Network.  Hazlet's Hope Network operates a 24 hour, 7 day a week crisis line for those that are addicted and their families who are in need of assistance. That number is 732.739.7717.

 Hazlet's Hope Network's volunteer certified recovery coaches use peer to peer based intervention to treat and overcome addiction. The organization's objective is to support the person seeking change and those that love them. They provide assistance and guidance towards healthy change to get them on the path to long term recovery.  

Addiction can start innocently enough with taking prescribed pain medication for a sports injury, or a medical reason like a teen having their wisdom teeth out. Nobody wants to grow up to be a drug addict.

Take vaping for example.  Vaping alone is bad enough and is permanently damaging previously healthy lungs. Twenty percent of our youth beginning as young as 12 are vaping.  Kids are ending up with lifelong lung health issues like popcorn lung or worse, some are in need of lung transplants. VAPING IS A GATEWAY. We cannot ignore the crisis. As a community, we have a responsibility to our youth.

On March 25, make sure to join leaders in the fight against opioid addiction. They include Monmouth County, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport, Union Beach and more. Come to this event and meet those in the trenches fighting drug abuse in our neighborhoods, yes our neighborhoods-Every. Day. 

Read a recent TAPinto published article about Hazlet's Hope Network click HERE. 

WATCH POWERFUL HAZLET'S HOPE VIDEO HERE: 

Hazlet's Hope Network operates a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week crisis line for those that are addicted and their families who are in need of assistance. That number is 732.739.7717.  Hazlet's Hope Network's volunteer certified recovery coaches use peer to peer based intervention to treat and overcome addiction. The organization's objective is to support the person seeking change and those that love them. They provide assistance and guidance towards healthy change to get them on the path to long term recovery.   Visit them online-click here. You can support local organizations that are in the trenches, dedicated to providing hope for those who feel hopeless. You can support the all volunteer Hazlet's Hope Network, by making a tax-deductible donation to benefit their intervention programs. HHN steps in, by bridging the way from addiction to recovery. It is a 501(c)(3), non-profit dedicated to uniting the skills and experience of recovery teams with Bayshore area patients, seeking lifesaving changes from substance abuse through long term treatment.