The opioid crisis, and the role that schools and communities can play in combatting it, were discussed at a recent NJSBA conference, “The Opioid Crisis: School Districts’ and Communities’ Call to Action.”
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato, keynote speaker, cited ways law enforcement and schools can work together, as one step in confronting the issue. Here, Coronato addresses a question from the audience of school board members, school administrators, substance abuse counselors and others. Representatives of the Morris County Prevention is Key, Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES) program were among the presenters. Pictured, L to R, are Melody Runyon, associate director of Morris County Prevention is Key; Christopher Goeke, executive director; Erica Valvano, of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office; and Alton Robinson, lead peer recovery specialist. Other presenters at the opioid conference included the Hopewell Valley Regional Schools and Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance; the Livingston School District superintendent; and the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of N.J.