Herren was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 1999 NBA draft. He later played a year for the Boston Celtics and several years overseas.
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According to the Herren Project website, he was released from a Fall River hospital in June 2008 just hours after a heroin overdose with little money and no healthcare coverage. Through the help of family and friends, Herren entered an extended treatment program. He completed the program on Aug. 1, 2008 and has remained sober. He founded the Herren Project in 2011 and has spoke to more than a million people, according to the website.
Tonight’s talk is sponsored by the city of Franklin, the Franklin HOPE program, Franklin City Schools, Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties and Talbert House.