Camden County Jail Selected for National Initiative to Expand Opioid Treatment for Inmates

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    (Camden, NJ) – In recognition of Camden County’s dedicated mission to fight the opioid crisis, the Camden County Jail has been selected to participate in a national initiative to expand opioid treatment in jails. Camden County was selected to be one of just 15 jurisdictions across the country to participate in the Planning Initiative to ... More

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    (Voorhees, NJ) – In 2017, an estimated 47,173 Americans died by suicide. Despite increased awareness of the importance of mental health and the risk of suicide, suicide rates have slowly but steadily climbed over the past decade. Today, suicide is the second leading cause of death in children and adults from ages 10 to 34. ... More

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    (Camden, NJ) – Last year, the Freeholder Board took a thoughtful and researched approach to discouraging panhandlers and addressing challenges with the chronically homeless by adopting a progressive policy that offers a day’s wage and social services for anyone willing to work. This program has made an indelible impact within the homeless population in Camden ... More

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    (Camden, NJ) – Sixty-five percent of the country’s prison population suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction. After leaving prison, many offenders are prone to dangerous relapses and an increased risk of overdose as tolerance levels for drug use differ greatly from pre- to post-incarceration. In an effort to reduce recidivism and help inmates successfully ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – In 2018, communities in Camden County suffered from an estimated 302 suspected overdose deaths. More than 340,000 opioid prescriptions were dispensed to individuals throughout the county, and the life-saving overdose reversal drug, Naloxone, had to be administered 2,690 times. As our community, and the nation as a whole, continues to search ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – The Freeholder Board, county Addiction Awareness Task Force and Camden County College have created a new program to fill a significant need in the battle against the scourge of opioids and heroin. The Human Services and Behavioral Science Department at Camden County College is now offering a certification program for individuals ... More

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    The Freeholder Board brought together a volunteer ambassador team comprised of more than 30 Camden County, Board of Social Services and Volunteers of America personnel to assist individuals experiencing homelessness. The organizations had professionals there to do a variety of services from providing healthcare to finding a temporary or permanent shelter. “Bringing these services under ... More

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    Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. attended the New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention to present resources available to municipalities fighting the opioid epidemic. “From partnering with law enforcement to placing licensed drug and alcohol counselors in every municipal courtroom, Camden County has been focused on prevention and treatment,” Cappelli said. “We know that no one ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – Project (Substance Abuse Visionary Effort) SAVE, an aggressive effort by the Freeholder Board to continue the fight against opioid use disorder, has been adopted by eight additional municipalities bringing the total number to 32. Berlin Borough, Berlin Township, Cherry Hill, Clementon, Hi-Nella, Somerdale, Waterford Township and Tavistock will participate in the ... More

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    (Gloucester Township, NJ) – Since the October 17 launch of Project (Substance Abuse Visionary Effort) SAVE, an aggressive effort by the Freeholder Board to continue the fight against opioid use disorder, six additional municipalities have joined the effort to address the public health crisis. Audubon Park, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Camden City, Haddon Heights and Haddon Township, ... More