New Jersey State Police Highlight Opioid Crisis Discussion and Training Event

HFU GenericThe Graduate Criminal Justice program and the School of Arts and Sciences will bring together 200 law enforcement, criminal justice practitioners, public safety officials, and elected officials to participate in an all-day training and information sharing event about the opioid crisis on Thursday, March 8 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm in the Education and Technology Center Auditorium.

Retired New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes and NJSP Administrative Analyst Shelly Lowe will provide the keynote presentation, titled “Opiate Crisis: Professional and Personal Experiences."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro* and State Representative Gene DiGirolamo will offer opening remarks.

Fuentes will discuss the path of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), and its impact on communities and law enforcement. Colonel Fuentes retired after 40 years of enlisted service to the state as a New Jersey State Trooper, 14 of those years serving as the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. 

"The dark web and the use of cryptocurrencies presents extraordinary challenges to American law enforcement in their efforts to stem the illicit sale of drugs, weapons and other contraband,” he said. “It has brought about a new definition of the term ‘lone wolf,’ as being one who engages in dangerous illicit activity without affiliation to a criminal network."

Lowe will provide her personal perspective on opioids and her emphasis that “it’s not just a disease.”

Born and raised in New Jersey, Lowe and her husband raised three children: Adam Jr., Amber, and Austin. Adam Jr.’s life ended November 28, 2016 after he ingesting heroin laced with fentanyl.

“Heroin is the game changer, and IMF is the game ender,” Lowe said. “It’s time to change our game, or continue to watch our loved ones, and those of others, die.”

Other speakers include Jeremiah Daley, Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic HIDTA; Fred Harran, Bensalem Director of Public Safety; Major Robert A. McLucas, Administrative Branch Commander, New Castle County Police Department; and John Becker, MHS-C, CTR, First Responder's Addiction Treatment Program, Livengrin Foundation.

The symposium is free but space is limited. Registration is required to receive the continental breakfast and lunch. Register at

*Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is tentatively confirmed, but cannot 100% confirm until 24-hours prior to the event.