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Union County Residents Can Learn about Alcohol Misuse, April 3

In recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month, the Union County Board of County Commissioners invites residents to participate in the new “Alcohol Misuse Learning Session,” a free event on Zoom taking place on Monday, April 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Zoom registration link is available at

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“We offer this program to help raise public awareness about the causes, signs, and effects of alcohol misuse, to share information about talking to our loved ones, and to help remove barriers to treatment. We invite family members, friends, caregivers, educators and anyone with an interest in learning about alcohol misuse to attend, hear from experts, and ask questions,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados.

The Alcohol Misuse Learning Session is organized by the Office on Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse in the Union County Department of Human Services. The program will be hosted by Gene Tavera, Union County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coordinator. The panelists are:

  • Kristina Bloodgood, Senior Director of Admissions and Men’s Halfway House Services – New Hope Integrated Behavioral Health Care
  • Mildred Diaz, Manager of HIV Programs and Services – PROCEED, Inc.
  • Roberto Flecha, MA, MBA, LCADC, CCS, President and CEO – CURA, Inc.
  • Kelley Ryan, Division Director of Community Prevention – Prevention Links
  • Krystyna Vaccarelli, LCSW, LCADC, Director, Substance Use Services – Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Alcohol Awareness Month is a program of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The program encourages open discussions of the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption, helping to remove the denial and stigma that can prevent treatment from reaching those who need it.

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