Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
FREEHOLDERS URGE RESIDENTS TO JOIN THE BATTLE AGAINST OPIATE ABUSE AND ADDICTION
STILL TIME TO VOLUNTEER TO PARTICIPATE TOMORROW
The Morris County Board of Freeholders is asking all county residents to join them in the battle against opiate abuse and heroin addiction that is plaguing the state and nation, and which has taken more than 100 lives in Morris County this year.
The Freeholders have proclaimed tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 6, as Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day in Morris County, in connection with a statewide volunteer event set to spread the word to opiate prescribers and families about the opiate epidemic.
They are urging county residents to volunteer for the event. They also have urged county residents to help persons battling drug addictions overcome the stigma of their problem so they are more willing to seek help to lead to recovery.
This is part of a statewide initiative to deal with the epidemic of opiate abuse and resultant addiction in our state and right here in Morris County,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “The Board of Freeholders feels strongly about this issue which is why we made this proclamation and invited leaders of our community, who are in the forefront of this battle, to join with us.’’
“We understand that one event on one day is not going to solve this problem. But the effort of Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day is to reach out to providers of opiates and to make the community even more aware of the crisis we are facing, one that threatens every single family in our community,’’ said Freeholder Hank Lyon.
Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day is an initiative with a dual purpose: Educate families of the addictive qualities of opioid pain medicines and their link to heroin abuse; and outreach to physicians and dentists who prescribe opiates, asking them to consider other therapies and treatment goals for patients, and to discuss with patients the pros and cons of opioids.
This statewide single-day initiative is designed to mobilize the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders, and concerned residents to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link heroin abuse.
Teams of volunteers across Morris County will visit physician and dental offices in their communities tomorrow, equipped with information for each prescriber designed to raise awareness of the opioid abuse epidemic facing New Jersey and the steps they can take to help stem the epidemic
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Opiate Abuse Task Force, the Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris, and the Morris County Department of Human Services, along with many community and non-profit organizations have been working publicly for the past few years to call attention to this epidemic and educate the public.