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Our Community in Crisis: Addressing the epidemic of addiction and Heroin abuse. 
March 4, 6:30pm-9:00pm, Youth and Family Ministry Building

MBC is partnering with Community in Crisis in an effort to address the prescription drug and heroin/opiate epidemic, raising awareness and providing resources for reducing the number of fatal overdoses. All members of the community are encouraged to attend to hear from professionals and those affected by addiction.

“Heroin overdose deaths is now the leading cause of death in the US; in NJ, it eclipses homicide, suicide, car accidents and AIDS as a cause of death and is triple the soaring U.S. rate. “Drug addiction affects us all. Until we acknowledge that and turn for help, this epidemic will continue to steal our loved ones away. Visit also Community in Crisis Facebook group to join a vibrant community of concerned citizens and professionals.” ~ The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

“In order to affect change, we all must work together with a comprehensive approach. It will truly take a village. I encourage one and all to come to this meeting – this is a real opportunity to make a difference before these drugs claim more lives in our community,” ~ Jody D’Agostini of Community in Crisis.

Expert panel

a. Pat Aussem - Founder of Aussem Counseling & Wellness, LLC, providing counseling services for clients and their families to treat substance use and other underlying mental health disorders. Licensed in both NY and NJ with a certification as a Master Addictions Counselor

b. Ofc. Tracy Baldassare - Bernards Township police department

c. Dr. Ellie Rose - Board certified adolescent medicine physician. Private practice in Bernardsville, NJ. Physician for Morris county Youth Shelter and Youth Detention Center. She has also run adolescent clinics at Morristown Mem. Hospital and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

d. Dan Bove - President/Founder, Pause Ministries

Parent/Student Testimony

Light Refreshments and Live Music will be provided

Gather for a time of courageous conversations as we engage in a Civil Discourse at the intersection of faith, culture & politics accompanied by great music.


Let us know you will be joining us.
RSVP is required as seats are limited.

Childcare will be provided: Registration is required.


Tobin Heath, two-time gold medal winner for the USA Woman’s Soccer Team and Ridge High School 2006 graduate, was featured in a PSA produced by Community in Crisis, on opiate abuse. This 30 second video will be aired for the next 52 weeks before each movie shown at Bernardsville Cinema, as a way to educate our communities about the dangers of prescription pain pills which can also lead to heroin addiction. This is a wonderful message that we want to send to everyone, that “denial can be as dangerous as the disease itself”.

Other resources: Heroin in the suburbs: What one Somerset County community is doing to fight it First Lady Mary Pat Christie Lauds Efforts of Community in Crisis Task Force

New York Times illustrates the heroin addiction epidemic in the US 

Surgeon General's Report on Addiction/Facing the Addiction

Chasing the Dragon: Prescription Drug Abuse

HEROIN: The Hardest Hit" 2016 Documentary on Heroin Addition and Prescription Pill Abuse  

HEROIN: CAPE COD USA with original music

PBS- Chasing Heroin Frontline 

 Shocking Heroin Documentary 2016‼ Heroin Drug Addiction News Documentary 

We lose 129 people a day to drug overdoses in our country. We need a comprehensive response to this epidemic. And we need it now.  #CARA There are many videos on this site about this opiod epidemic.