TRENTON — Responding to the ongoing opioid epidemic sweeping the state, the New Jersey School Boards Association is offering training for local school board members next week.

“The Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment” will take place Friday at Mercer County Community College as a professional development program for local school board members, but it also is open to teachers, administrators and support staff.

The conference will feature presentations on the New Jersey Recovery High School, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s 360 Prevention program and the Hope 1 Morris County Sheriff Intervention/Recovery Program.

Christopher L.C. Kuberiet, first assistant prosecutor for Middlesex County, will discuss a program to break the “school-to-prison pipeline” in a presentation called “Social Services before Complaints.”

An educator from the Asbury Park School District will share information about the district’s mindfulness and yoga program, which helps students make healthy choices. In addition, the conference will include a discussion of the potential effects of legalizing recreational marijuana on schools and society.

The NJSBA says drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey, affecting families across the state.

To register, visit njsba.org.

Contact: 609-272-7251 CLowe@pressofac.com Twitter @clairelowe

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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