By: Bethany Winkel
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State Announces Art Contest to Help with Heroin Crisis
In today’s world, we need to use every tactic possible to help curb opiate abuse and addiction. Many different ideas have been presented and implemented, including better monitoring of prescription drugs, better law enforcement, prevention campaigns, and more awareness about the benefits of rehab.
A statewide contest encourages citizens to help create awareness about heroin abuse in New Jersey through their art. The goal of contest organizers is to help prevent more heroin overdose deaths, a problem that has been steadily rising in the past several years. Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division said, “This contest is a great way for New Jersey residents to use their creative talents to spread the word about heroin addiction. Our aim is to raise awareness about this problem and to reduce heroin addiction and overdoses.”
The contest is being held by the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and sponsored by the DEA-New Jersey Division and New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. It is open to all residents of New Jersey, and the winner will receive a grand prize of $500. Contestants are encouraged to submit original artwork on the theme of heroin abuse, addiction, and recovery. If you are interested in entering the contest, visit drugfreenj.org for more information. The deadline for submissions is July 28, 2015.