CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ -  According to the taskforce facing addiction in the State of New Jersey, addiction to opioids affects people of all genders, races and adults of all ages. In 2015, more than 33,000 people in the United States died as result of opioid overdose, stated the agency.

The Youth Protection Committee of Patriots’ Path Council has partnered with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office to host the 2018 Youth Protection Symposium. The event will take place on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Boy Scouts of America Service Center in Cedar Knolls, NJ.

This year’s topic is Opioid Awareness, Protecting Our Teens.

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 Any individual, including current youth workers, school counselors, camp directors, mental health workers, sports coaches, etc., interested in learning about protecting our local teenagers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Guest speakers include James Curtin, President, DAYTOP New Jersey; James Gannon, Sheriff, Morris County Sheriff's Office; and Angelo Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for a Drug Free NJ.

The day will include presentations on the the opioid epidemic in NJ, Walgreens #ItEndsWithUs, a personal story from a parent, NARCAN training, a personal story from a survivor, and resources on how to protect our teens from being part of the epidemic.

The cost is $25 per person, that will include a light breakfast and hot lunch.  An organization that brings 10 or more attendees receives a reduced rate of $20 per person.

Registration will close on May 5th.  Those interested can register at http://ppbsa.doubleknot.com/event/2348522

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