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International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness day is August 31, 2022. It is a day where individuals, families, colleagues, and neighbor’s worldwide come together to remember those lost to addiction by overdose. 

Provisional data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate there were an estimated 107,622 drug overdose deaths in the United States during 2021, an increase of nearly 15% from the 93,655 deaths estimated in 2020.  According to the NJ CARES (NJ Attorney General) there were 1476 deaths suspected drug related deaths in the NJ from January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022.  From 2010-2021, there were ­­­­2643 in Camden County.

The disease of addiction rapidly immerses families in a sad and difficult cycle.  However, there is hope!  Newer treatments and medications are available.  Many have overcome stigma.  Recovery is possible!  More and more individuals are entering recovery. 

On August 31st, all of us in Camden County’s Addiction Awareness Task Force will take the time to remember these losses.  The Ben Franklin Bridge, Florio Center and City Hall in Camden will be colored in purple.   The Remembrance And Hope Memorial Vigil will take place on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 7:30 PM at Timber Creek Park, 236 Taylor Avenue & Chews Landing Road, Blackwood, NJ

Please consider wearing something purple on August 31st.   Take pictures of your unit and share photos with us at #OverdoseAwarenessDayCC. Let us respect the power of the disease!  You can also forward them to patty.direnzo@camdencounty.com

Let us have a good show of support here at the Department of Health & Human Services.  If you encounter anyone who is seeking help in Camden County, please contact 877-266-8222 or the Office of Mental Health & Addiction at (856) 374-6320. 


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    International Overdose Awareness day is August 31, 2022. It is a day where individuals, families, colleagues, and neighbor’s worldwide come together to remember those lost to addiction by overdose.  Provisional data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate there were an estimated 107,622 drug overdose deaths in the United States during 2021, an increase … More

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