Next Tuesday, December 6th, our President and CEO Steve Pasierb will serve as a panelist at a town hall meeting hosted by A&E Network and The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. Moderated by ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts, the event will aim to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription (Rx) drug abuse.
According to a 2010 NIDA survey, 16 million Americans age 12 and older have taken an Rx pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once over the past year. And after marijuana, Rx and over-the-counter medications account for most of the drugs abused nationally by high school seniors.
Joining Steve on the panel are Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio, Donna Chavous of A&E’s “Intervention” and Carol Venditto, New Jersey Judiciary Statewide Drug Court Coordinator. Community members, students, parents, law enforcement experts and treatment providers will be in attendance at the event. To learn more about the meeting and view an online broadcast, visit A&E Network’s website.