For a number of reasons both fairly complex and simple, the rate of opioid addiction across the United States has been growing at incredible rates. However, New Jersey seems to have been hit particularly hard when it comes to these pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs. Because of this, a number of the counties in New Jersey, including Cape May, Atlantic, and others, are trying to raise awareness about opioid addiction through a variety of programs.
One such program includes a handful of public discussions that are hosted by various drug-free organizations. By raising awareness, New Jersey detox centers should, hopefully, see more patients and thereby lead to fewer overdoses and the deaths they often lead to.
DENNIS TOWNSHIP — Cape May County may be small in population compared to some of its neighbors, but that hasn’t stopped the opioid addiction epidemic from devastating communities in this beach and tourism area.
County prevention and treatment experts, law enforcement and legislators assured community members Thursday at a Knock Out Opioid Abuse town hall meeting that despite funding barriers, leaders were doing what they could to develop new projects and more ways to combat the epidemic.
“People start using for a hundred different reasons,” said Temerity Berry, director of prevention services at Cape Assist. “We can’t just target one aspect or environmental strategy.”
An estimated 206 people in the county overdosed from drugs or other substances in 2017, Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland said. About 33 of those people — parents, siblings, children, neighbors, coworkers — died. Click Here to Continue Reading