Forum Underscores How to Prevent Substance Use and Addiction and Save Lives
June 5, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton
News headlines every day in New Jersey and around the nation announce tragic deaths from opioid and heroin addiction. To stem the tide, prevent addiction and save lives, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) and its Life Sciences and Innovation Council will host an educational forum, Take Action to Prevent Substance Use and Addiction, during which a diverse group of experts will share their knowledge on how various professionals and community members can help address this epidemic. This event will take place on June 5, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton, 800 U.S. Highway 130, in Hamilton, NJ.
“The crisis of heroin and opiate addiction affects not just the individuals struggling with the illness, but also many more people in their families and communities. It is imperative that we learn what we can do to address the epidemic and prevent it from becoming worse. Providers in all areas of health care, as well as educators, law enforcement personnel and the public – basically everyone – need to know the steps they should take in their homes and beyond to help save lives,” stated Debra L. Wentz, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of NJAMHAA, a trade association representing providers of substance use treatment, mental healthcare and support services throughout the state.
NJAMHAA’s Life Sciences and Innovation Council consists of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, pharmacists and representatives from state government and NJAMHAA member provider organizations who address challenges that affect individuals’ access to all types of treatment for all kinds of health conditions. “We are proud to have the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey [HINJ] as a member of our Council and we are delighted to be working with HINJ to plan and present this important educational forum to help save lives,” Dr. Wentz added.
“HINJ is pleased to partner with the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies on educating the public on how to prevent substance abuse and addiction. Our organizations share a common mission: ensuring that patients have access to medicines to treat, cure or manage their conditions and that these medicines are used properly. We commend the NJAMHAA on their outstanding work and look forward to our continuing partnership,” said Dean J. Paranicas, President and Chief Executive Officer of HINJ.Click here for all the program details and here to register.