Don’t miss the “Discussion on the Effects of Opioids and Chronic Diseases in NJ” to be held on Wednesday, October 23rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cooper’s Riverview (50 Riverview Plaza) in Trenton, NJ. Hosted by the African-American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, the community-wide discussion is the local presentation of a series of well-received events conducted throughout New Jersey during the past year or so.

Florence Kariuki RN, MHA BSN, is an expert on health issues affecting communities, and she is the Director of Clinical Design – Community Health in the Health Care Management and Transformation Division at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. There will be ample time for a Question & Answer session after her presentation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. From 1999 to 2017, more than 702,000 people have died from a drug overdose. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, almost 68% involved a prescription or illicit opioid.

“We are pleased to partner with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to bring this critically important information to the residents of Trenton,” said John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, Founder, President & CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. “Our hope is that they will take the necessary steps to engage in preventive health care measures, so they will not have to experience any of these chronic diseases.”

Registration for this fun and informative event is strongly recommended. The event is free and will include refreshments. Please call the Chamber at (609) 571-1620 or email them at INFO@AACCNJ.COM. You may also register at www.AACCNJ.COM.