Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey, and the opioid epidemic is impacting families across the state. To address this important issue, on Friday, April 13, the New Jersey School Boards Association will hold a special program, “The Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment.”

The program, designed as a professional development conference for school district officials and staff, will feature presentations on the New Jersey Recovery High School; the Drug Enforcement Agency’s 360 Prevention Program; and the Hope 1/ Morris County Sheriff Intervention/Recovery Program. Christopher L.C. Kuberiet, first assistant prosecutor for Middlesex County, will discuss that county’s program to break the school-to-prison pipeline in a presentation entitled “Social Services Before Complaints.”

In addition, an educator from the Asbury Park school district will talk about how the district’s mindfulness and yoga program helps students make healthy choices, and there will be a discussion of the societal and district impact of legalizing recreational marijuana.

“The Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment” will be held at the Conference Center at Mercer, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, N.J. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 13. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

School business administrators may register board members and other district staff who were included on the 2018 district census online through www.njsba.org. Additional district staff members may attend at the member rate and may register online through the link at http://bit.ly/2usx3oL.