LINWOOD — Leaders in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery will lead a rally Thursday to discuss new Atlantic County resources and strategies to address opioid abuse.

Recovery Force of Atlantic County, a nonprofit recovery community organization, will host “A Time for Action, A Reason for Hope” at Mainland Regional High School. The event, open to the public, will feature speakers who are in addiction recovery and who have worked in law enforcement and recovery centers.

“The event will provide critical information on what family, friends and allies can do to start reducing the suffering immediately,” said Bob Catalano Jr., founder and CEO of Recovery Force.

Organizers said community members can learn about existing and emerging resources in Atlantic County for people seeking recovery and those already in recovery from a substance-use disorder.

Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler will speak at the rally.

Other speakers include Tracy Smith, president and owner of Speakers for Change; Patty McCarthy Metcalf, executive director of the national Faces and Voices of Recovery organization; Brian Mooney, executive director of Hope for New Hampshire Recovery; Vanessa Vitolo, outreach coordinator and recovery advocate for Victory Bay Recovery Center; and Patrick Roff, director of peer recovery services for CARES-Morris County.

Recovery Force was selected as one of four recovery community organizations nationwide to participate in a pilot program called Building Strength through Mentorship, run by Faces and Voices of Recovery and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Catalano started the Atlantic County-based organization a year and a half after his younger brother, Dennis Catalano, 45, of Atlantic City, died of an overdose Nov. 3, 2013. He left behind a young son and daughter.

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