Morris County is not immune to the opiate abuse epidemic. As of early September, 65 individuals have died in Morris County from drug overdoses.
In hopes of coordinating a unified approach to combatting opioid addiction, October 6, 2017, has been declared “Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day” by Morris County. The proclamation made Tuesday by the Morris County Board of Freeholders coincides with similar declarations by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and the state. About 1,900 people have died last year in New Jersey because of opioids.
The proclamation is supported by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the county Department of Human Services, the Morris County Task Force on Opiates and many non-profit agencies in the county concerned about opioid abuse.
This initiative has a dual purpose: educating families about opioid medications and reaching out to physicians about safer prescribing guidelines for opioids.
To that end, teams of volunteers will visit physician and dental offices throughout Morris County on that day equipped with information designed to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic facing New Jersey and the nation. The single-day initiative seeks to mobilize the county’s prevention and treatment sectors, public leaders and residents interested in raising awareness of the potential dependency of proscribed pain medicine and the abuse that can follow.
The teams will stress prescription guidelines formulated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They include considering other therapies for pain management, setting treatment goals and more thoroughly discussing with patients and their families the pros and cons of opioids.
For more information about this release, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at (973) 829-8159 or [email protected]