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Monmouth Medical Center and Weforum Empower Community with Heroin Epidemic Response Forum

03/23/2017

Long Branch, N.J. – According to the New Jersey Medical Examiner’s Office, there were 1,587 drug overdose deaths in 2015 in New Jersey, up a staggering 21 percent from the year before. Even more alarming, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in July 2015 that the New Jersey heroin overdose death rate is triple the soaring U.S. rate. The heroin epidemic cuts through every socio-economic level, effecting urban and suburban communities across the State. It’s a health crisis that can’t be ignored.

To address this health crisis and help stop the heroin epidemic from spreading, Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, and WEforum, an organization led by women whose mission is to strengthen the health and wellness of communities within New Jersey, invite members of the community to attend a free event: “Responding to the Heroin Epidemic in Monmouth County.” The event will be held Wednesday, April 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Monmouth University Pollack Theater, located at 400 Cedar Avenue in West Long Branch.

Expert panelists, who will shed light on the heroin crisis, include Victor Almeida, DO, FACEP, chairman of emergency medicine at Monmouth Medical Center and Past Chairman of NJACEP; Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni; and Dennis Makarowski, LCSW, LCADC, co-occurring disorder specialist behavioral health at Monmouth Medical Center. Christian Peter, Board Member of the Tigger House Foundation, will be the program Emcee.

WEforum hosts empowerment and educational events with the mission: “When you educate a woman, she empowers her family, and together WE can evolve a community.” The event is also supported by Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, Tigger House Foundation and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Event registration is required by April 21. To RSVP, visit www.barnabashealth.org/2017conversation or contact Felicia Hernandez at 732-923-6886 or Felicia.hernandez@rwjbh.org.

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