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Key Union County and State partners also involved in April 4 event

The Behavioral Health and Psychiatry Department of Trinitas Regional Medical Center will host a half-day program to address issues surrounding the drug overdose epidemic that is affecting communities nationwide, statewide and in Union County.

"Pills/Heroin = Overdose: Defining the Epidemic and Implementing Strategies to Reduce Overdose" will take place on Friday, April 4, from 9am to 12 noon in Grassman Hall at the New Point Campus of Trinitas, located at 655 East Jersey St. in Elizabeth. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 am. Trinitas has partnered with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office; the Union County Department of Human Services; the City of Elizabeth Department of Health & Human Services; the Local Advisory Board on Alcohol & Drug Agency; Prevention Links; the New Jersey Commission of Investigation, and the Division of Consumer Affairs of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General to present this forum to reach leaders in elective office, community agencies, health and municipal alliances, education, and parents from the 21 municipalities of Union County.

James Lape, Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health & Psychiatry at Trinitas, will welcome forum attendees. Panelists who will define the epidemic include John D’Angelo, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Trinitas; Grace Park, Esq., Acting Union County Prosecutor; Philip J. Degnan, Esq., Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission of Investigation; Pamela Capaci, Executive Director of Prevention Links, and a parent dealing with the drug overdose death of a child. Joining these panelists in a discussion of strategies to address the epidemic will be Jim Milo, Division of Consumer Affairs, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP); Joseph McTernan, Senior Director of Community and Clinical Services at Trinitas, and Michael Litterer, Director of Community Prevention at Prevention Links. Mr. Litterer will also discuss how municipal alliances can help in the fight against this epidemic. Those interested in attending this forum may contact Michael Capko at Prevention Links via email click here or by phone at 732-381–4100.

To register online, click here. There is no charge to attend but reservations are strongly recommended.


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: March 5, 2014

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