Heroin Forum at Monmouth University Friday


, @KenSerranoAPP9:38 p.m. EDT April 13, 2016

Recovering heroin addict John Brogan, who was praised by Gov. Chris Christie at his State of the State address Tuesday, talks about how heroin brought him close to taking his life.

A forum that focuses on heroin and opiate addiction and efforts to fight it will take place at Monmouth University Friday.

Speakers will delve into legislative efforts against abuse, scientific advancements, the safer prescribing of opiates and patient notification, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, the epidemic's effect on social services and the use of the opiate overdose antidote naloxone.

MORE: The Children of Heroin Series

Speakers include


  • Sen. Joseph F. Vitale. D-Middlesex
  •  Dr. Victor M. Almeida D.O., chairman of emergency medicine of Monmouth Medical Center’s Northern and Southern campuses,
  • Christopher M. Jones, director of the division of science policy for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Andrew Kolodny M.D., chief medical officer for Phoenix House Foundation Inc. and executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing
  • Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato
  • Ona Fofah, M.D. from the division of neonatology and newborn medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  •  Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dennis Mihalopoulos, Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division
  • Dr. Robert Eilers, medical director, New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is hosting the forum. Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m in Pozycki Hall at 400 Cedar Ave., Long Branch,.