SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Mayor's Wellness Committee will be hosting their 2nd annual anti-drug and alcohol conference this Tuesday December 5th at 7p.m. at the South Plainfield Senior Center. The conference will cover an array of topics including addiction and the on-going opioid epidemic. 

 "Drug and alcohol use is clearly one of the most obvious issues on the forefront and tragedies that are happening not just in our town but all over the state," said Mayor Matt Anesh. “The Wellness Committee is focused on addressing health-minded issues within the borough and the concerns of residents. Our goal is to raise awareness of this problem and bring to the community a forum that is timely and engaging."

Some of the professionals and experts on hand at the drug and alcohol conference will include Superior Court Judge Robert Jones, who is in charge of Middlesex County’s Drug Court as well as professionals from Carrier Clinic, JFK Behavioral Health and members of the South Plainfield Police Department.

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“By bringing in experts – those in law enforcement, the Drug Court, parents who have dealt with a loved one who went through addiction or died, and someone in the medical field – we can get the conversation going,” said Anesh.

In 2016 deaths from overdoses in the United States rose to 60,000 people per years, which is more deaths than from either guns or motor vehicle accidents.  

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