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Garfield Town Hall

This town hall was held on
knock out opioid abuse
  • Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey
  • Horizon Foundation for New Jersey


As a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus, the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall at Garfield VFW Post 2867 has been postponed. Additional information will be shared when a new date and time has been determined.

• Mayor Richard Rigoglioso, City of Garfield; Principal, Garfield Middle School
• Lieutenant John Lesica, Garfield Police Department
• Carmen Ledesma, Recovery Specialist, The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources
• Patricia Trava, Registered Nurse, Parent Impacted by Opioid Addiction
• Melanie Reynoso, Garfield High School Student, EPIC (Empower Peers & Inspire Change) Member

Additional Resources

Of interest:




A calendar of virtual events for prevention, treatment, and recovery support

15 Minute Child Break

Parents play a key role in substance use prevention, making it paramount that they are informed on the issue and prepared to talk with their children about drugs and alcohol. The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s 15 Minute Child Break educates parents, grandparents and other caregivers. Find out how to bring an hour-long session to your community.


American Medicine Chest Challenge

Proper disposal is a key to preventing the misuse and abuse of medicines. Find out where you can safely and conveniently dispose of your expired and unused medicines through the American Medicine Chest Challenge.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.


New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is responsible for the development, coordination and operational support of a comprehensive mental health and addiction services system. It contracts with more than 120 agencies for a wide range of community mental health services that assist consumers living in the community; and supports and monitors a wide variety of substance abuse treatment and prevention services providers designed to reduce the misuse of alcohol and other drugs through effective evidence-based treatment.



ReachNJ is a 24-hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week addictions hotline through which people who have a substance use disorder can get immediate help and referrals from live, New Jersey-based, trained addiction counselors, regardless of their insurance status.


Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is an active and collaborative participant in the planning and coordination of New Jersey’s addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

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