The tragic reality of opioids in NJ

Jay Lassiter

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — NCJW/Essex is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn, “Opioids in New Jersey, a Tragic Reality,” featuring Jay Lassiter, writer, political consultant, and social justice advocate, and the host/author of the podcast “Heroin Uncut.” The program will take place on Thursday, April 19, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange.

A database of opioid deaths in New Jersey found that at least 1,900 people died in 2016 from opioid overdoses in a crisis that has blanketed the state. Lassiter will offer a blunt, honest exploration of how opioids have tightened their grip on New Jersey and what can be done about it.

“Everyone talks about the opioid crisis getting more and more out of control, but too few really understand how we got to this point in the first place,” NCJW/Essex President Shari Harrison said. “This program will address the conditions that allowed the opioid problem to take hold and the legislative and community-based actions that are needed to address the problem.”

Throughout the year, NCJW/Essex Lunch and Learn programs provide an opportunity to hear interesting speakers in an informal setting. Pre-registration is required. Admission is charged and includes a buffet lunch. To register, call 973-740-0588 or visit