Office of Mental Health and Addiction Combatting Overdoses, Anxiety and Depression Amidst COVID-19

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – In February, the Camden County Office of Mental Health and Addiction announced a new harm reduction program which would have Fentanyl test strip kits distributed throughout the community to reduce overdoses and accidental deaths. In the months since, COVID-19 has exacerbated the challenges communities were already facing as it relates to ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – The surge of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) and vape use among adolescents and adults has vastly outpaced research on the products’ effects and safety. A study released at the end of 2019 found a stunning rise in e-cigarette use among high schoolers and middle schoolers as the total of number of young ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – The Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force is continuing to arm residents in the fight against opioids and other drugs in 2020. Beginning this month, the Task Force will begin hosting free Narcan training sessions where participants will learn how to administer naloxone to reverse a heroin or opioid overdose and ... More

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    (Camden, NJ) – At least 1,000 individuals at the Camden County Correctional Facility will receive Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in the coming year thanks to a new grant awarded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Medication Assisted Treatment combines behavioral therapy with medications which relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings ... More

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    As part of the 104th Annual League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City, Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. participated in a panel discussion among local executives addressing how municipalities can effectively respond to the opioid epidemic by coordinating their efforts across multiple levels of government. “There is not a single municipality in the state that ... More

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    (Camden, NJ) – On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Ben Franklin Bridge will glow teal, while City Hall and the James J. Florio Center for Public Service will be lit in purple in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day. Camden County residents are also being asked to show their support by wearing teal or purple to ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – Dozens of community members gathered last night for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of those we’ve lost to drug overdoses, and to raise awareness about the scourge of drug addiction and overdose throughout the country. “Drug overdose is the number one cause of death for Americans under 50, and yet the ... More

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    (Camden, NJ) – New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that the Camden County Police Department has been awarded approximately $150,000 to take part in the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (NJ CARES) Opioid Response Team Program. The teams will provide around-the-clock crisis intervention for individuals ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – Members of the Camden County community are being invited to participate in the upcoming Candlelight Vigil in Remembrance of Overdose Victims, hosted by the Board of Freeholders. The vigil will be held at Timber Creek Park in Gloucester Township on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. “We lose nearly 200 Americans ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – New Jersey Department of Human Services will conduct a free distribution of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, at participating pharmacies throughout state on June 18. “As we battle this epidemic, the ability to quickly administer naloxone is the difference between life and death for an individual in distress,” said Freeholder ... More