February 27, 2013Raising and Educating a Drug Free Community

Lacey Township’s Drug Task Force is hosting a special event at the Lacey Township High School on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, beginning with a light complimentary dinner at 6:15 p.m. and followed by special presentations. The presentations address the drug problem affecting today’s society and the negative impact on our community. The presenters for the evening are as follows:

 

  • Special Agent Douglas S. Collier, M.A., who was featured on MSNBC, Heroin Inc. and Discovery Channel, Heroin Nation. Collier was the DEA’s NJ Division Producer for the SPIKE TV show titled “DEA.” He was also the executive producer on the “Heroin: The Ride that Never Ends” DVD and curriculum, which is used by prevention and treatment professionals throughout the state of NJ. As a special agent, Collier conducted investigations targeting heroin and cocaine networks, and organizations involved in trafficking steroids and other drugs.

 

  • Steve L. Willis, J.D., who is the founder and managing partner of Willis & Gresek, PC, a general practice law firm. While he specializes in all areas of criminal law, Mr. Willis focuses much of his personal practice on substance abuse and addiction related crimes. His specialty is borne out of his own experience with a challenging adolescent child who suffers from the disease of addiction. Mr. Willis has presented many lectures before the medical community, school staff, and juvenile justice personnel on the inadequacies of the criminal justice system as it pertains to substance abuse. Mr. Willis is a member of the NJ Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He graduated summa cum laude from Montclair University and received his J.D. degree as Valedictorian from Seton Hall University.

 

  • Captain David A. Paprota, Ed.D., who has over 23 years law of enforcement experience and currently serves as the Commander of the Lacey Township Police Department. Captain Paprota is dedicated to raising substance abuse awareness as well as developing and implementing programs to decrease the devastating negative impact of drug abuse in Lacey Township. Captain Paprota earned his doctoral degree at Seton Hall University while also serving as an adjunct professor. He is a published author and has personally participated in training over 10,000 NJ, NY and PA law enforcement officers throughout his career.

 

Residents of Lacey Township are encouraged to attend this event and, through awareness, become a part of the effort to mitigate the problem of drug addiction which has afflicted too many in our community.