The opioid and heroin epidemic killed more than 32,000 individuals in the nation last year and 161 were in Camden County. Last night, Freeholder Director Louis Cappella joined with faith based leaders and community stakeholders to talk about the warning signs of addiction with parents. This forum was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration in partnership with the Diocese of Camden and the Philadelphia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. talked about the significant work being done by the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force to combat the disease of addiction.
“The Freeholder Board has been proactively combating the addiction crisis and developing policies to educate, treat and preserve sobriety amongst the thousands of our residents dealing with this disease,” Cappelli said. “As a community we need to work together and have hard conversations about this epidemic effecting our children and families. We need to work to breakdown the stigma that comes with addiction in order to properly fight against it and we need to identify key signs of abuse.”
The event was held at Camden Catholic High School and also featured Msgr. Michael Mannion and Assistant Special Agent for the DEA Nicholas Kolen.