Camden County to Fight, Study Overdose and Substance Use Disorder With New Grant Funding

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the State Department of Health recently awarded two grants to help fund programs aimed at reducing fatal overdoses in Camden County. The grants total approximately $290,000 and will be used to address and study opioid abuse. The Camden County Office ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez announced that the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (commonly called Narcan) will be available for free to residents at participating pharmacies throughout Camden County from September 24 through 26 as part of a statewide effort to combat the opioid crisis. “Camden County residents can anonymously obtain two doses ... More

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    (Camden, NJ) – It is estimated that of the 2,115 Camden County residents who lost their lives to an overdose since 2010, approximately half were parents to at least one child.  Nationwide, approximately 8 million children under the age of 18 live with at least one adult who suffers from Substance Use Disorder.   In ... More

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    (Camden, NJ) – In concert with the opening of the Hope and Remembrance Memorial the Freeholder Board will be observing international Overdose Awareness Day today, Aug. 31. Throughout the county workforce colleagues and peers will come together, wear purple and reflect on the thousands lost to the scourge of opioid use disorder that continues to ... More

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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 Camden County Freeholder Board passed a resolution this month approving the creation of a new memorial to honor victims of overdose and addiction in Timber Creek Park in Gloucester Township. The memorial is one more way the Board is fighting to defeat the stigma surrounding addiction. “We want to offer ... 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