Platinum-selling rock and roll guitarist Richie Sambora is expected to perform a new song at a drug forum in New Jersey.

Richie Sambora (Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images for Global Philanthropy Group)

The event is aimed at raising awareness about heroin and prescription painkiller abuse in southern New Jersey.

Sambora has appeared at the beginning of a video on the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office website aimed at drug addiction. He also signed autographs at the end of a similar forum in December.

Sambora is on leave from Bon Jovi and has acknowledged previous substance abuse problems. He grew up in northern New Jersey and once owned a home near the Jersey shore.

Prosecutor Joseph Coronato says Sambora's participation at the May 27 forum in Toms River will help the office reach a far greater audience.

 

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