Knock Out Opioid Abuse Songwriters Scholarship Contest

LIFE Center Stage, Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris, Morris County Stigma-Free, Morris County and Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey are looking for songwriters to use the power of music to engage the community in this much needed call to action to Knock Out Opioid Abuse.

The Knock Out Opioid Abuse Songwriters Scholarship Contest was developed to help raise awareness of the opioid epidemic that has adversely impacted far too many lives.

If you are truly passionate about this cause, making a difference with your music or if this epidemic has affected you, your family, friends, co-workers or classmates we invite you to submit an original song – lyrics and/or musical composition.

You do not have to personally be in recovery to enter.

Learn more and enter the contest by July 31. Good luck!

Morris Prosecutor’s Aug. 15 Opioid Forum to Feature Former NFL Star

Super Bowl Champion Vance Johnson to speak

Vance JohnsonThe Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is holding a special forum, “Opioid Crisis: A Community Approach to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery” on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Rockaway Township.

Super Bowl champion and world-class athlete Vance Johnson will deliver the keynote address during this free event.

The forum is being held by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in accordance with a state Attorney General’s directive. Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp will speak at the event along with along with event host Pastor David Ireland of Christ Church. The prosecutor also will moderate a panel discussion featuring invited experts.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration. The formal program runs from 7-9 p.m. Christ Church in Rockaway Township is the organizer and host, at 140 Green Pond Road. To register, visit

Johnson is a former wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. His best season was in 1989, when he recorded 76 receptions for 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns. He is currently an advocate for addiction recovery for athletes post-career.

Also featured at the event will be Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury, who will present his “Opiates 101” program, which explains the heroin and opioid epidemic, and the strategy by the Prosecutor’s Office to effectively deal with it.

Following the two presentations, there will be a panel discussion featuring Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, Pastor Ireland, Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Liu, Barbara Kauffman of Morris CARES, and Jim Curtin of Daytop. The panel will share differing perspectives on the heroin and opioid epidemic, and discuss how each respective group is working to make a difference in Morris County.

The Aug. 15 opioids forum is the second event held by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s “21-County, 21st Century Community Policing Project,” which seeks to build better relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The first event hosted by Prosecutor Knapp was a forum on “Officer Involved Shootings.”

The opioids forum is the latest in a series of important events being held in Stigma-Free Morris County, where a countywide effort is underway to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. The Stigma-Free initiative, which includes 33 participating municipalities, county government, hospitals, schools and nonprofit groups,  is dedicated to raising awareness of these illnesses by creating an environment where affected individuals are supported in their efforts to achieve wellness and recovery.

Prescription Drug Drop Installed at County Govt. Center in Morristown

Offers Safe Disposal Site for Prescription Drugs

Morris County employees and residents now have an additional location, inside the county government complex in Morristown, to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted or leftover prescription drugs.

A new Prescription Drug Drop Box has been added by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office to the lobby of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, which is located at 10 Court St. in Morristown, directly across from the Morris County Courthouse.

“We fully support this initiative, organized by Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon, as another positive step to deal with the opioid crisis we are facing in Morris County,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

It is part of a countywide effort to have residents regularly dispose of unwanted or expired medications, as part of Stigma-Free Morris County’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic.  Similar drop off boxes have been set up across the county, in Mount Olive and other towns. To find a list of Prescription Drug Drop Box location in the county near you, please visit

The new locked drop box in the County Administration Building is available to the public and Morris County employees during normal business hours, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It is important to note that businesses or clinics may not use the collection box to dispose of medications.

“This is a central location for the public allowing people to discard their medications in a safe and secure area, while also offering convenience for county employees,” said Sheriff Gannon, who has been an advocate in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

“The gateway to this disease often begins with legally prescribed medicine that is overused or used by people other than the patient.  My hope is that by collecting and destroying unused medications, we lessen the access and thereby block potential beginnings,” Sheriff Gannon added.

The new drop box is clearly labeled to identify items that may and may not be deposited.

Acceptable items include pills, capsules, patches, vitamins, samples, pet medications and over-the-counter medications.  Medication packaging also will be accepted, such as pill bottles and small medication boxes.

Not acceptable: syringes, liquids, lances for diabetic testing, inhalers, thermometers and aerosol cans, and of course any type of trash.

Since 2013, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office has been part of the successful Prescription Drop Box Program under the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, (an initiative of nonprofit Morris County Prevention is Key), in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and numerous Municipal Police Departments within Morris County.

The Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris looks to prevent and reduce the harmful effects of drugs in Morris County.

Since 2013, there have been 26 drop box installed at various locations in Morris County, making it easier for county residents to dispose of unused or expired medications, said Barbara Kauffman, Director of Prevention Services at Morris County Prevention is Key.

“I have been proud to work with both the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, to equip each of the Morris County Police Departments with a Prescription Drug Drop Box,’’ said Kauffman, who is the coordinator of the Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris.

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office collects the medications with 25 local police departments that host a collection unit.  The Sheriff’s Office has destroyed more than 30,000 pounds of medications in the last six years, including 6,563 pounds so far in the first half of 2018.

The medications are weighed, logged and stored prior to destruction.

Festival of Hope

Saturday, September 15
9:00am to 12:00pm
Chilton Medical Center
97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

Join Chilton Medical Center and Atlantic Behavioral Health at a FREE community-focused event designed to promote education about mental health awareness, depression and suicide prevention, and the importance of access to mental health care.

Our special guest speaker will be Kevin Hines, who survived a suicide attempt from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is traveling the country, bringing his unique firsthand perspective to the subject of suicide prevention, to foster hope and understanding between those caught in the throes of despair and their loved ones.

In addition, there will be displays and educational materials from Attitudes in Reverse®, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health Association and other partners.

Atlantic Health System’s No More Whispers Campaign is focused on getting people to talk openly about a condition that affects one in six U.S. adult lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
The event will also feature pet therapy dogs and other community partners including the National Alliance on Mental Illness Healing Through Art Campaign, who will also present mental health education.

In Their Shoes™ Exhibit
Unless you have walked IN THEIR SHOES™ you would never know the overwhelming feeling of sadness, anxiety & hopelessness that cause hundreds of young people to end their lives.

The exhibit will consist of 269 pairs of shoes to represent New Jersey youth, ages 10 through 24, who lost all hope and ended their lives in the years between 2013–2015.

Butterfly Release
Butterfly Release is held to honor friends and family members who were lost too soon.

To register, go to or email

Call for Artists – Heroin & Opioid Art Exhibition

Artists are invited to participate in the third annual Heroin & Opioid Art Exhibition, which highlights opioid and heroin abuse, addiction and recovery. Cash prizes are available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries!

All finalists will be invited to attend the Heroin Addiction Art Exhibition on August 23 at Gateway Project Spaces, in the Gateway Building in Newark.

Submissions will be judged on the message and originality.

Visit for more information and to enter!

This event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (NJ Division) and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.

“Expressions of Hope” Call for Artists

  • Event: “Expressions of Hope”
  • Where: Montville Senior House, 365 Main Road, Montville, NJ 07045
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2pm-6pm
  • What: Original Artwork
  • How much: Free to both public and participating artists

The Montville Stigma-Free Task Force (MSFTF), whose mission is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders and substance use disorders, is seeking visual artists for “Expressions of Hope”, their free annual community art event. This event seeks to raise awareness, encourage hope, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. We are seeking art that expresses the complex emotions, experiences, and stories surrounding mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and the stigma associated with them.

All artists, both professional and amateur, are encouraged to submit their work to the Montville Stigma-Free Task Force for consideration.

Please note: the receipt of notification that a submitted artwork has been accepted to the event will constitute an agreement by the artist with all conditions set forth in this call for artists.

Important Dates/Times:

  • Submission deadline – midnight, August 15, 2018.
  • Notifications announced – September 20, 2018.
  • Artwork delivery/setup – October 13, 2018 between 11am and 1pm only.
  • Event – Saturday, October 13, 2018, between 2pm and 6pm.
  • Artwork pickup/breakdown – October 13, 2018 between 6pm and 8pm only.

Artwork Specifications:

  • Submissions may be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional.
  • Submissions are limited to fine art, which includes, but is not limited to, the following mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, computer-generated, collage, mixed media, clay, and fiber.
  • Submissions must be completely original works created by the applicant, owned/copyrighted by the applicant.
  • Submissions must not infringe upon the rights of others.
  • Submissions depicting any recognizable person or persons must be accompanied by a signed model release.
  • Submissions must not depict/contain/represent any content deemed offensive, sexually explicit, and/or inappropriate. The MSFTF has the final authority to define what constitutes offensive, sexually explicit, and/or inappropriate.
  • Each submission must not exceed 50 pounds in weight, 6 feet in height, or 3 feet in width.

Artist Specifications:

  • Applicants must be 13 years of age or older.
  •  Applicants must reside in the continental United States. Preference will be given to artists residing in Montville Township, elsewhere within Morris County, or elsewhere within New Jersey (in that order).

Event specifications:

  • All artworks displayed are limited to those which were accepted by, and which the artist received notification of acceptance from, the Montville Stigma-Free Task Force.
  • Artists are responsible for delivery/setup and pickup/breakdown of all of their artworks.
  • All artworks must be set up on Saturday, October 13, 2018, between the hours of 11am and 1pm.
  • All artworks must remain on display for the entire duration of the event on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 2pm to 6pm.
  • All artworks must be picked-up/broken down on Saturday, October 13, 2018, between the hours of 6pm and 8pm.
  • Artworks remaining unclaimed after 9pm on October 13, 2018 will become the property of the MSFTF.
  • At a maximum, each artist will have 2 panels or racks (each 3×7 feet), or one 6-ft flat surface (table) to display their work. Final allocation of space may be reduced, and is dependent upon the number of artists accepted.
  • All artworks must arrive at the event completely ready for display – a neat, clean, professional presentation with a secure hanging method. If subject to damage, artwork should be framed under plexiglass. Artworks not ready for display as described may be excluded from the event, at the sole discretion of the MSFTF.
  • Sales of artworks are allowed and encouraged. A commission of 5% shall be charged on all sales occurring at the event. Artists are responsible for handling sales and reporting sales tax. Works that are not for sale must be clearly marked.
  • Any artwork that is deemed unsafe to the public, presents complex installation problems, requires electrical extension cords, requires a supply of running water, or generates liquid or solid waste may be excluded from the event, at the sole discretion of the MSFTF.
  • Any artwork deemed by the MSFTF to appear significantly different from the approved submission may be excluded from the event, at the sole discretion of the MSFTF.
  • Artists are fully responsible for the transportation of accepted artworks, and must carry their own insurance. The Township of Montville, the Montville Senior House, the Montville Stigma-Free Task Force and any staff and/or volunteers at the event are not responsible for any loss or damages to any artwork during transportation to the event, at the event, or during transportation after the event.
  • For all artworks accepted to the event, the artist agrees to allow the artwork to be
    reproduced by the MSFTF for promotional purposes.

How to Submit Artworks for Consideration:

  • Take a high-resolution digital photo or scan the work. Up to two (2) digital images of the work may be submitted for each artwork. Each image must show a different detail or view of the artwork.
  • Email the digital image(s) of the artwork to prior to midnight, August 15, 2018.
  • All images must be submitted in digital JPEG format. Each image must be 72 dpi, sized between 1024 and 1280 pixels on its longest side, and must not exceed 2 megabytes.
  • If video is incorporated in the artwork, do not email the video file. Instead, in the submission email, provide a link to where the video can be viewed online.
  • Each artwork may only be submitted for consideration once.
  • Each artwork must be submitted via its own separate email – multiple artworks included in one email may not be accepted.
  • Each email submission must include:
    • Artists first and last name
    • Artist’s full residential address
    • Artist’s phone number
    • Title of artwork
    • Artwork medium
    • Brief (no more than 2-5 sentences maximum) artist biography (headshots not required but encouraged)
    • Brief (no more than 2-5 sentences maximum) description of how the artwork relates to mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and/or the stigma associated with these disorders
    • If applicable, agent/assistant name, address, phone number, and email
    • If applicable, artists website and/or social media links
  • There is no fee to submit artwork for consideration.

Should you require more information, or have any questions, please contact Shanice Johnson via phone at (973) 682-4940 or via email at