By: Shannon Persad
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New Jersey’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series
If you live in the state of New Jersey, you may have been aware of the ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
However, since April 2017, there have been panel discussions with various physicians and leaders in the community that come together to discuss the opioid epidemic, and how to fight it. It’s called “Knock Out Opioid Abuse,” which was created by The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and other collaborations.
The panel discussions last roughly from an hour and a half to two hours, taking place at various colleges, high schools, and centers.
What is Knock Out Opioid Abuse?
According to the official website, Knock Out Opioid Abuse is as follows:
“The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, through its philanthropic arm, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, have collaborated to create Knock Out Opioid Abuse, an initiative to address the opioid epidemic through community outreach, prescriber education, parent education and a statewide media campaign to increase awareness of the crisis.”
Recently the “Town Hall Series” gained traction when the state’s Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal made an appearance discussing how to fight the opioid crisis. Taking place at Rutgers University, he mentions the recent lawsuits many pharmaceutical companies are up against and states these companies will be held accountable for their actions.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), opioid overdose deaths increased from 2016 to 2017 in New Jersey.
New Jersey continues its on-going efforts against the opioid crisis, notably with programs that spread awareness.
If you or someone you know is fighting an opioid addiction, seek professional treatment today.