By: Shannon Persad
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NJ Department of Health Receives 7.4 Million to Fight Opioid Overdoses
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Overdose Data to Action has given the New Jersey Department of Health a 7.4 million federal grant to fight the opioid overdose epidemic. With this grant, the state plans to use the funding to treatment initiatives, improve data collection, and reduce opioid prescribing.
According to a press release from the NJ Health Department, the funding will also bolster outreach efforts to “vulnerable groups,” such as pregnant women, the homeless, and LGBTQ+ populations.
Who Benefits from the CDC Funding to NJ?
The CDC federal grant is expected to be used by multiple programs. For instance, the program “5 Minutes to Help” will expand, which is a training initiative for EMS that improves care for non-fatal overdose victims. It will focus on First Responders, both in the classroom and online, available state-wide. Its purpose is to educate responders on the proper communication that must take place as they treat someone suspected of an opioid overdose.
Harm Reduction Centers across the state will also receive benefits from the funding by expanding outreach efforts, counseling, and care coordination.
“Trauma-Informed Care” will also receive funding, which are initiatives to improve access to prevention and treatment services for people facing addiction. The main focus will be on individuals who have a history of trauma, as it is recognized as a component for some of those who are addicted.
Lastly, data collection and analysis will look to improve with the funding. Programs like the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJ PMP) and Opioid Data Dashboard will see improvements in its collection of timely data. The New Jersey Department of Health believes having appropriate data can help those in need and provide accurate statistics about the state.
In all, 4.3 million will go towards the Department of Law and Public Safety, with 3 million expanding to Operation Helping Hand programs. The rest will fund programs that monitor licensed health programs by improving NJ PMP.
New Jersey has been increasing its initiatives to fight the opioid overdose epidemic, and this CDC grant can help the ongoing efforts.
The CDC itself has increased its efforts to help states fight the opioid crisis in general. According to the CDC, over 700,000 have died from an overdose between the years 1999 to 2017.
With states receiving 1.8 billion in grants in September, paired with other government entities funding state-wide efforts, will this help the opioid crisis? Let us know your thoughts below.