Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 27, 2015
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Public Relations Manager  

“Gateway Drugs and the Road to Addiction” Presentation to be held at Wall High School on April 28 


Neptune, NJ - On Tuesday, April 28, Wall High School, The Manasquan Elks, Manasquan PBA and the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) will host Gateway Drugs and the Road to Addiction – a community event addressing the heroin epidemic affecting southern Monmouth County. The presentation, supported by local outreach group “Say Something...About Heroin,” will take place from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Wall High School Auditorium at 1630 18th Avenue in Wall Township, NJ. The event will feature physicians and local experts, and is free and open to all.

According to a Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, heroin deaths among 18-25 year olds in New Jersey rose 24% in one year. “Say Something...About Heroin” is a program aimed at providing the community with important information about heroin abuse, including how to identify if a child or teen is using drugs, what steps can be taken to provide help and support for those abusing drugs, and prescription drug use and recommended precautions. The campaign is also supported by Jersey Shore’s Community Advisory Committee – a volunteer group committed to helping make a difference in the communities served by the hospital.

According to Dr. Ramon Solhkhah, chairman of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore and corporate medical director, Meridian Behavioral Health Services, “Heroin and prescription painkiller use and abuse has reached epidemic proportions in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The “Say Something…About Heroin” campaign provides important educational outreach to families and community leaders, and aligns with Meridian Behavioral Health Services and Jersey Shore’s efforts to deliver effective treatment and services through our ARS Addiction Recovery Service (ARS), crises services, and continuing medical education for physicians and caregivers.”

About “Say Something…About Heroin”: “Say Something…About Heroin,” a community campaign created in response to the heroin epidemic affecting southern Monmouth County, is supported by local partners including Jersey Shore University Medical Center, The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County, The Society for The Prevention of Teen Suicide, The Samaritan Center, You Cannot Be Replaced, Prevention First, The Manasquan Elks, Wall Police Department, Manasquan Police Department, The Office of the Attorney General, The Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, Monmouth County Department Of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Services, Denise Wegeman, MSW, LCSW, and the Wall Township and Manasquan School Districts. For more information about “Say Something...About Heroin”, please call 732-820-4792, e-mail or visit

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Through the hospital’s clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit