Tony Luke Jr. speaks at Opioid Question and Answer Panel
(Franklinville, NJ) On Monday Oct. 15, Delsea High School hosted an Opioid Question and Answer Panel as an opportunity to openly discuss the impact of drug addiction on the entire family, and share the various resources available to help those with addiction and their loved ones through the journey to sobriety and recovery.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "Opioid addiction is one of the largest problems faced by our county and one of the most difficult to fight. By reaching out to our younger residents and making them informed, we can better stop the problem from growing."
The panel included experts in a variety of fields relating to the topic including Dr. James Baird from the Jefferson Hospital Washington Township Emergency Room, Andy Lovell, Chief of Gloucester County EMS, Pastor Ken Jackson of the Cornerstone Church, Heather Thomas from CFS Pathways Family Group, Linda Lawyer from Delsea SAC, Chief Brian Zimmer of the Franklin Township Police Officer, and Monika Piatek, a recovering addict from Delsea High School currently working as counselor at Maryville Rehab.
Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, said, “Delsea High School was honored to have Tony Luke Jr. as the key note speaker for their event. Luke's personal experience of losing his son to substance abuse showed students the true danger behind these drugs.”
The event also featured service providers including lnspira Drug and Alcohol Division, Helping Hand Grief Support, Day Top Rehabilitation Center, Seabrook House Rehabilitation Facility, Franklin / Elk Municipal Alliance, Gloucester County Drug Addiction Task Force, Sibling loss to Substance Use-South Jersey, King's Crusade, Stop the Heroin, The Sanctuary, City of Angels, The Southwest Council, Just Stop, and STOPHERION who provided a variety of locations that could offer assistance.
Pictured: Tony Luke Jr. and Freeholder Jim Jefferson