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West Orange Police Chief James Abbott and Lt. Rich McDonald Honored by ADAPT


CEDAR GROVE, NJ — The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) recently honored West Orange Police Chief James Abbott and Lt. Rich McDonald at its annual dinner at Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove.

ADAPT, managed by FAMILYConnections is a community coalition with more than 90 members dedicated to reducing under-age drinking and drug use and abuse throughout Essex County. Abbott and McDonald were among 18 members of the community who ADAPT felt went above and beyond to help the organization accomplish its goals and objectives this past year. 

 “ADAPT works with local organizations, residents and community partners to achieve its education, awareness and advocacy goals," said Jacques Hryshko, FAMILYConnections' Executive Director. "Our honorees worked within their sphere of influence and throughout the County to support ADAPT initiatives which included but were not limited to public service announcements, sticker shock campaigns, and growing the number of prescription drop boxes in Essex County. We look forward to another year of spreading ADAPT’s message of prevention and healthy living to Essex County residents.”

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