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The vision of the Roselle “Everett Hatcher” Prevention Coalition’s (REHPC) is to foster the growth of a successful community of youth and families making positive choices to remain drug free. Our mission is to inform, connect, and bring awareness to the youth and families of Roselle of the substance abuse issues impacting our neighborhood through education, prevention, and enforcement in order to reduce and prevent youth drug use.
The formation and history of our coalition is tied to the story of one man’s life cut short by drug related violence. The Roselle “Everett Hatcher” Prevention Coalition (referred hereafter as REHPC) was named after Special Agent Everett E. Hatcher of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Field Division, who was shot and killed on February 28, 1989, during an undercover investigation on Staten Island in New York City. He was 46 years old and a lifelong resident of the Roselle. Special Agent Hatcher was survived by his wife Mary Jane and two sons, Zachary and Joshua. His death motivated a group of concerned citizens to ban together to reclaim their community from the deleterious effects of substance abuse.
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ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - It’s no secret that Union County is in the midst of an opioid crisis. According to the latest data by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, there have been 267 overdoses and 79 overdose fatalities in Union County. These high numbers of...read more