Newswise — Neptune, NJ – May 13, 2014 – On Wednesday, May 14, Jersey Shore University Medical Center will join The Wall Alliance, Shore Community Alliance and The Manasquan Ministerium for “Say Something…About Heroin” – a community event addressing the heroin epidemic affecting southern Monmouth County. The presentation, featuring Dr. Ramon Solhkhah, chief of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore, along with other local experts, will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Algonquin Arts Theater in Manasquan.

“Say Something...About Heroin” is part of a five-series 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. Dr. Solhkhah’s presentation will discuss the affect of drugs on brain development, and co-occurring dependency issues. The panel will feature other mental health experts, local law enforcement officials, addiction specialists, a family affected by the epidemic, and an individual in the midst of their recovery journey. A question and answer session will conclude the event, and refreshments will be served at this free event open to the community.

According to Dr. Solhkhah, “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.”

For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center, or to interview Dr. Ramon Solhkhah, please contact Maureen Gillespie at 732.776.4166 or [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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