Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury Details Continuing Efforts to Battle Opioid Epidemic 

The current heroin and opiate epidemic facing our state and nation — including Morris County — was the topic of Monday’s (March 26) Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success (CARES) community breakfast in Rockaway Borough that was attended by key elected, law enforcement, and human services providers from across the county.

photo of (l/r) Alton Robinson of CARES, Beth Jacobson of Morris County Dept. of Human Services, Barbara Kaufman of MCPIK, Brad Seabury, and Sheriff James M. Gannon

(l/r) Alton Robinson of CARES, Beth Jacobson of Morris County Dept. of Human Services, Barbara Kaufman of MCPIK, Brad Seabury, and Sheriff James M. Gannon

Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury, the keynote speaker, detailed the Prosecutor’s Narcan 2.0 Program — what it is and how it works. As part of his discussion, Seabury emphasized the importance of the partnership with Morris CARES, and their Peer Recovery Specialists in making the program work.

The program requires every person who has suffered from a drug overdose, and has had their condition “reversed” in the field due to the administration of the drug Narcan, by police officers, to be counseled by a certified Peer Recovery Specialist. The aim is to provide the survivor with a meaningful second chance and to navigate them into treatment to break the cycle of addiction.

Narcan 2.0 offers face-to-face support for every person “reversed” by Narcan, whether it be five minutes following the overdose, or months later.

The program officially started on May 18, 2017, when a directive by Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp took effect. The directive ordered law enforcement officers in Morris County to request that a specialist respond to an emergency room after life-saving Narcan is administered.

Hope One van

Hope One van and staff

Following Seabury, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon spoke about his Hope One program. Hope One, based in a mobile recovery access vehicle, offers critical support for persons struggling with addiction, with the goals of preventing drug overdoses and deaths.

It travels twice a week to different locations in Morris County, with the goal of providing clients with immediate access to services and treatment facilities that can help them on their road to recovery.

Sheriff Gannon also discussed the partnership between Morris CARES and the Morris County Correctional Facility, and even brought up two recovered addicts who went through the Morris County Correctional Facility and are now living healthy lives because of the efforts put forth by Morris CARES.

Inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.