As Governor Christie declares the Addiction epidemic a public health crisis and compares today’s opioid epidemic to AIDS crisis in ’80s, the toll of addiction in New Jersey has never been higher, and our nurses are on the frontlines.
PPAG client JNESO District Council 1 and the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) recently held a panel discussion and forum “Addiction: NJ Nurses on the Front Lines,” moderated by Michele Jaker, Director of Government Affairs for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Speakers and panelists included:
Judy Schmidt, M.S.N., R.N., CEO, New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA); Elfrieda Johnson, R.N.C. & Board President, JNESO District Council 1; Angelo Valente, Executive Director, Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey; Roseanne Scotti, State Director – New Jersey, Drug Policy Alliance; Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato; Johanna Shaheed, R.N., JNESO, St. Michael’s Medical Center; Kelly Bratcher, R.N., JNESO, Lehigh Valley Health Network – Pocono; Brenda Wysocki, B.S.N., R.N.,Case Manager, Recovery and Monitoring Program (RAMP); Ken Rodenbaugh, RAMP Program participant, and Donald J. Parker, President & CEO, Carrier Clinic.