Area residents are invited to hear ex-NBA player Chris Herren describe his spiral into addiction, which began when he was a teenage athlete and nearly claimed his life at age 32. The free event at the Pequannock Township High School auditorium is sponsored by Community Partners for Hope, a coalition of 11 community groups and houses of worship committed to raising awareness about the opioid addiction crisis.
Herren has been sober since August 2008 and now travels the country speaking to communities about addiction and recovery.
Herren will answer audience questions at the end of his one-hour talk. Tickets to the evening event are free, but registration is required. Go to CPFH1702.eventbrite.com to reserve seats.
Drug overdoses claimed 1,587 lives in New Jersey in 2015, an increase of 21 percent from 2014, with heroin deaths accounting for 918 of them, according to the New Jersey Medical Examiner's Office. The total of drug-overdose deaths in 2015 is more than 2 1/2 times the number of people killed in New Jersey motor vehicle crashes the same year.
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