The struggle that heroin abusers face to escape their addictions - and the struggle that their families, friends and community members undertake to help them - sparks a unique and progressive collaboration in Jackson Township.


The Rotary, Kiwanis and PBA Local 168 have organized around the Community Outreach Program, aimed at boosting education among parents, children and young adults and providing resource guides for those trying to break the chains of addiction.

Volunteers estimate that revivals of overdose victims with Naloxone (Narcan) run as many as three or four per week in Jackson, and that the death count has been as high as three in one month.

The groups hope to raise the funds for their effort on Friday, June 3, with an evening of wine and cheese at Jacques Catering Hall in Jackson Crossing, on South Hope Chapel Road. Proceeds will help cover the expense of their instructional outreach and their resource guide.

The event runs from 5:30 PM until 10 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $50 apiece, or at the door for $60 each.

To learn more, call 732-370-9290, or 732-928-0200.

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