The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey has organized a symposium that will provide free training to faith-based leaders to help them fight the opiate abuse epidemic in the state.

“Faith-based leaders are valuable members of the community and help out greatly with the increasing heroin epidemic our state is currently facing,” said said Angelo Valente, executive director at the Partnership. “Communities might not see it as an issue where they live, however, the substance abuse epidemic in New Jersey is rising at staggering rates and is difficult to ignore.”

Valente said that faith leaders are often the first responders for families looking to prevent substance abuse in their home or to treat an addiction.

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