Tom MurphyDec 13, 2017, 12:41 amDec 13, 2017, 12:50 pm

East Brunswick town hall talks taking on the opioid epidemic

Attendees at the meeting spoke out about ways that the epidemic has affected them and their families

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EAST BRUNSWICK — According to the United States Surgeon General, 78 people nationwide overdose from opioids each day.

On Tuesday night, a town hall meeting in Middlesex County brought residents together to talk and work towards lowering that number to zero.

People at Tuesday's meeting spoke out about the ways how the opioid epidemic has affected their lives, sharing stories about family members they have lost to overdoses.

Angelo Valente, one of the event's organizers, says that one of the reasons to hold town halls like Tuesday's is so people can share their stories.

"And also how they can protect themselves and their families from potentially going down the path of substance abuse and, more importantly, heroin addiction," Valente said. "We really believe the key to reversing the epidemic is education."

Studies show that opioid use before high school graduation is associated with a 33 percent increase in the risk of future opioid misuse.

For more information on the fight against Opioid Addiction, head to DrugFreeNJ.org.

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