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Free Seminar Offers Insights on the “Family Dynamics of Addiction”

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders welcomes residents to attend the free Fall Speaker Series addressing alcohol and drug addiction, prevention and treatment. The series is funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse through the Municipal Alliance, and coordinated by the Union County Department of Human Services.

The next three evening presentations in the series are scheduled for October 3 in Scotch Plains, October 17 in Cranford, and November 14 in Union.

The October presentations will be made by John Kriger, a professional alcohol and drug counselor and trainer who addresses individual and family issues in school, at work and at home.  He is the author of The Pond: A Small Book About Big Changes.

Mr. Kriger will present “Family Dynamics of Addiction” on Wednesday, October 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains.

On Wednesday, October 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mr. Kriger will present “Adolescent Trends: For Adults Only” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford.

The fourth and final presentation will be made by Michael Litterer of Prevention Links. Titled “Prescription 101: Prescription Medication and Heroin Abuse & Addiction,” it will be held on Wednesday, November 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Kean University’s STEM Auditorium, 1000 Morris Avenue in Union.

Prevention Links is a not-for-profit organization based in Roselle that provides substance abuse information and resources for individuals, families, schools and businesses throughout Union County.

All events in the Fall Speakers Series are free and open to the public.  For more information call Deborah LaNier, Union County Department of Human Services, 908-527-4852.


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