ROSELLE, NJ - Mayor Christine Dansereau hosted a focus group discussion on opioid and drug abuse intended for community youth and families last week. 

The discussion, sponsored by the borough and the Roselle Everett Hatcher Drug Prevention Coalition, sought to bring a dialogue about drug awareness and to increase community awareness how young individuals access opioids and other illegal drugs.

"There is a national opioid abuse epidemic taking place in our communities, and Roselle is no exception," said Dansereau.

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"This was just the first step. Moving forward we will explore methods in which we can bring this information to the community so that they can become our partners in this fight," she added.

The Borough will once again partner with the Roselle Everett Hatcher Coalition on Feb, 22 at St. Joseph the Carpenter School, 140 3rd Ave., at 7 p.m. for “Hidden in Plain Sight,” a program of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The interactive exhibit and presentation will allow parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults to learn about and identify drug paraphernalia, hiding places and other signs that may indicate alcohol or other drug use by a teen.

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