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The problem of heroin abuse is real and it is in Manalapan, NJ. This was the message delivered by The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance, as they take extreme measures to prevent heroin abuse in our community. Today on May 16, 2014, The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance announced a new program they are going to launch to help fight the war against alcohol and drug abuse in our community.

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According to a press release from Health Officer David Richardson, The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will host a community forum on the current heroin and opiate epidemic affecting Manalapan Township and Englishtown Borough on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School. The program will feature a series of speakers with firsthand experience including Patrolman Kevin Ruditsky of the Manalapan Township Police Department, Abby Boxman, Beth Wisniewsky and Michael DeLeon of Steered Straight, Inc. A number of community treatment providers will be on-site as well to share their services. The event will be held at The Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School (MEMS) located at 155 Millhurst Road, Manalapan, NJ.

Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the presence of heroin and opiate drug abuse in our communities, its consequences and our communities fight to prevent more lives from being damaged or lost due to these drugs.

Education and outreach in our community is vital if we are going to help our youth and the public understand the risks of drug abuse. Teachers, parents, medical and public health professionals must keep sending guidance and informative information to help decrease the usage of alcohol and drugs, so we can prevent drug addiction and deaths caused by the usage of drugs and alcohol.

Many people keep things hush and do not come out in the open about a drug problem until it is too late. The alliance is bringing awareness and education to children, parents and adults in our community. The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance is trying to get Manalapan to be as drug-free as possible.

The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance strives to prevent alcoholism and drug abuse, which exists as a catalyst within our community. Their mission is to raise public awareness about alcohol and substance abuse issues. The Alliance is part of a statewide effort aimed at the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse through Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (D.E.D.R.) Funds primarily provides Alliance funding. Additional funding is provided by Manalapan Township, donations and fundraisers. The Alliance is a volunteer board comprised of community residents and representatives. The Alliance meets monthly, routinely on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Manalapan Senior Center.

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