News Release
February 26, 2010
Contact: DEA Special Agent Douglas S. Collier, M.A.
Public Information Officer
TEL: (973) 776-1143

10th Annual Conference to Focus on a Healthier New Jersey
Statewide Conference to tackle addiction, prevention and
military-oriented substance abuse issues

FEB 26 - (Atlantic City,NJ) – The New Jersey Prevention Network’s (NJPN) Tenth Annual Conference will bring together an array of leaders in the field of substance abuse for a comprehensive review and update on the health of New Jersey. “All Aboard for a Healthier New Jersey” will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This year, NJPN will have two featured speakers for the annual conference, Dr. Carlo DiClemente, Department of Psychology Chair at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Maryland and Frances Harding, Director at the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Dr. DiClemente will deliver the morning keynote on “Addiction and Change: Understanding the Process”. Ms. Harding will present the afternoon keynote on the cost benefits and the public health approach to substance abuse prevention.

“Dr. DiClemente’s keynote will set the tone of this much anticipated conference while Ms. Harding’s afternoon keynote will reinvigorate the participants,” said Diane Litterer, NJPN executive director. “NJPN is excited to have Dr. DiClemente and Ms. Harding brings a national perspective to our Tenth Annual Conference.

This is New Jersey’s premiere addiction conference which plays host to over 800 attendees in such professions as prevention, counseling, education, law enforcement, health, government and addiction treatment, as well as community members and volunteers.

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services, NJPN and its coalition partners: The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Partnership For a Drug-Free New Jersey, the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), the New Jersey National Guard, the Institute for Prevention: Saint Barnabas Behavioral Health Network, United States Army Substance Abuse Program, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Directors Association and the Center for Family Services, Inc./Addictions Hotline of New Jersey. For the past 10 years, these organizations have joined together to look at the state of drug and alcohol abuse within New Jersey and have developed a conference geared towards preventing use and abuse of dangerous substances.

“Our Conference Committee has worked hard to bring together the best speakers with current trends that our attendees are sure to be excited about,” said Litterer “The knowledge participants leave with and take back to their organizations have resulted in a positive impact on our efforts in the community.”

The conference will cover topics relevant to the field of substance abuse addiction. Dr. DiClemente will participate in a special session during the conference and speak on the topic of “Treatment Strategies.” Dr. Denise Horton and Sharon Brady from Fort Dix and the Wounded Warrior program will discuss prevention methods for military soldiers. Other workshop presenters include Special Agent Douglas S. Collier from the DEA New Jersey Division and Detective Sergeant Ronald Hampton from the New Jersey State Police. In total, the annual conference plays host to 19 workshops covering a range of prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery support topics.

Additional Information Available on the Web

For more information on the conference, see the conference Web page at: http://www.njpn.org/conference-information/

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