WEST WINDSOR – The New Jersey opioid crisis, its impact on Mercer County, and the challenges facing law enforcement authorities is the topic of a lecture at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) April 9.
“Combating the Opioid Epidemic: The Overdose Prevention Act and Narcan” will be the subject of a lecture by Kathleen Petrucci, Chief of the Special Investigations Unit/Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, at noon on Tuesday, April 9 in the Communications Building, Room 110. Her talk is part of MCCC’s spring 2019 Distinguished Lecture Series at the West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Petrucci will discuss the tools and resources available to fight the opioid crisis plaguing Mercer County, and steps being taken to slow down the alarming increase in overdose deaths linked to opioid abuse.
Petrucci graduated from Seton Hall University Law School in 1998 and began her career as an assistant prosecutor in the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in 1999. During her 19-year career with the office, she has been assigned to the Homicide Task Force, Trial Unit, Gang Unit, Project Safe Neighborhoods Unit, Juvenile Unit, and the Grand Jury Unit. She has served as chief of the Narcotics Task Force since 2016. Petrucci was recently sworn in to serve as a special assistant with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Trenton Branch.
For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/lecture.