The Heroin Crisis

A Jersey Matters Town Hall: The Heroin Crisis

For immediate help for an addiction crisis call Reach NJ 24 hours a day at 1-844-ReachNJ

West Long Branch, NJ – New Jersey is in the grips of a heroin crisis. That’s why WJLP Me-TV and the Asbury Park Press hosted a town hall at Monmouth University featuring New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino, actress Mackenzie Phillips, state leaders, and medical professionals. The crisis can claim anyone. The best way to protect your family is to be informed. The Heroin crisis is a town hall to make a difference. Hosted by award winning commentator Larry Mendte. Join the conversation on social media using #NJHeroinCrisis.

A Jersey Matters Town Hall is brought to you in part by:

Discovery Institute

Additional Resources & Information

  • For immediate help for an addiction crisis call Reach NJ 24 hours a day at 1-844-ReachNJ
  • Cares NJ – Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success
    • Help for the Recovery Community
    • The Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success is a peer to peer, volunteer-based recovery oriented sanctuary located in Rockaway, NJ. They focus on recovery, build recovery relationships and serve as a physical location where the recovery community can come together
  • Drug Free NJ – Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey
    • Information to prevent drug abuse
    • The mission of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is to “unsell” drugs to the people of New Jersey – especially our young people.
  • DEA –  National Take-Back Day April 29th, 2017
    • Turn in unused prescription drugs
    • The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.
  • NJ’s Project Medicine Drop – 1-800-242-5846
    • Turn in unused medicines at local police stations
    • New Jersey’s Project Medicine Drop (NJPMD) has secured drop boxes in the headquarters of local police departments. You can visit the boxes seven days a week, to drop off unneeded and expired medications – and keep them away from those at risk of abusing them. The drop boxes accept solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches, inhalers, and pet medications. They cannot accept syringes or liquids.
  • Oxford Houses of New Jersey – Addiction Recovery Homes
  • National Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependence
    • Information about drug abuse treatment and prevention
  • Rutgers Substance Abuse Hotline – 844-276-2777
    • Addiction crisis help 24/7
  • Chasing The Dragon Documentary
    • Documentary produced by the DEA & FBI
  • U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Opioid Addiction Warning Signs


Mackenzie Phillips
-Registered Alcohol & Drug Technician

Bram Lamm
-Founder, Breathe Life Healing Centers

Stephanie Oswald
-Mother of overdose victim

Mariel Hufnagel
-National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence

-Special Agent-in-Charge, DEA NJ Division

-Assistant Prosecutor, Monmouth County

-Chairman, Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System

-Chairman, Rutgers Medical School Dept. of Emergency Medicine

Christopher Porrino
-NJ Attorney General

David Rible
-NJ Assemblyman

Lawrence Mihlon
-Former Police Chief, West Long Branch

Lynn Regan
-Co-Founder, CFC Loud N Clear

-Executive Director, Discovery Institute

-Drug Counselor, New Hope Baptist Church Outreach

Complex Litigation Attorney, Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow and McElroy

-Medical Malpractice Attorney, Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow and McElroy