We encourage Ocean County residents to join Former New York Giants Running Back Keith Elias and local community leaders on Thursday, December 12th, 2013, for a critically important forum: “Your Kids Count: Can We Talk?”. This event is to help Ocean County parents and guardians combat the growth of illicit substance use and impact on the kids. Several influential and dynamic speakers will help teach the skills needed to open important dialogue with children about drug use and abuse.

Representatives form Sunrise Detox will be at the forum, to provide additional insights about options for getting help when help is needed with substance abuse and related traumas.

Flyer for DART coalition of Ocean County special forum for parents and guardians entitled "Your Kids Count: Can We Talk?"

This event is sponsored by the DART Coalition of Ocean County, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, the Office of the Attorney General General for the State of New JerseyProject Medicine Drop, and the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.

The event will guide attendees through substance abuse issues affecting children in the community. Participants will see the effects drugs can have on youth, and gain a working knowledge of the signs and symptoms of drug use and abuse. John Moriarty of Sunrise Detox will be on hand to help those seeking advice on how to get started seeking assistance for substance abuse issues, and to explain specifics of private treatment and counseling options that are not commonly understood and often not obvious to those suddenly in need of assistance.

A prescription drug drop-off service will be provided at the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring expired or unused prescription medications, for safe and legal disposal.

Featuring guest speaker Keith Elias, Former Running Back, NY Giants (and former Lacey Township High School football standout), along with Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, and retired DEA agent Douglas S. Collier. A feature presentation “Jesse’s Journey – The Aftermath of Experimental Drug Use”, is being sponsored by the Morella family.

The event will be held at Stafford Township Arts Center/OceanFirst Theater, 1000 McKinley Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, seating is limited. Registration is STRONGLY encouraged by Monday, December 9th. Questions may be directed to (732)886-4757.

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