MILLTOWN, NJ - The growing nationwide opiate crisis has been well documented in the media in recent months with New Jersey being one of the states hit hardest with a large numbers or residents dealing with addiction problems related to prescription drugs, heroin and fentanyl. On April 16, the Milltown Municipal Alliance will be hosting Protecting Your Family from Alcohol and Opiate Addiction in conjunction with the Milltown Board of Heath at the Milltown Municipal Building Courtroom from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

In 2016, there were almost 2,000 overdose deaths. Overdose deaths involving heroine have been steadily on the rise since 2010. Fentanyl deaths entered the picture in 2012, rising sharply in 2016 with more than 800. The April 16 program aims to enlighten parents and professionals about the behavior trends on alcohol, opiate and marijuana extractions with the most prevalent information available. Participants will hear how:

  • Alcohol, opiates and marijuana are being altered with the latest uses
  • People are able to purchase the substances online
  • People can view online tutorials on how to use the substances
  • Drugs and alcohol are being used in many schools and workplaces without being detected

In addition to the behavioral trends and availability issues, the audience will also hear strategies and information about how to deal with the growing addiction challenges facing parents, schools and employers.

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Protecting Your Family from Alcohol and Opiate Addiction will be presented by John Kriger from Kriger Consulting, Inc. The program was made possible by a grant from the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. It is not intended for individuals under the age of 18. Light refreshments will be served at the program.

The Milltown Municipal Building Courtroom is located on 39 Washington Road.