By: Shannon Persad
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New Jersey Human Services Awards 1.67 Million to Fighting Opioid Epidemic
New Jersey continues to fight the opioid epidemic across the country. For New Jersey, opioid overdose deaths continue to be a problem. In the past, New Jersey has had several government initiatives, such as treatment in prison, and distributing free Narcan to citizens without prescription.
Just last month, NJ’s Department of Health expanded other programs, such as “5 Minutes to Help,” which provides training for EMS with opioid overdose situations.
Read on to find out more about New Jersey’s newest initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic.
NJ Department of Human Services New Grant Programs
According to the press release by the NJ Department of Human Services:
- “Awarding $1.67 million to 12 counties through our County Innovation Awards to Address the Opioid Epidemic to fund innovative local projects targeting opioid use disorder, prevention, treatment, and recovery;
- Providing more than 53,000 free doses of the life-saving overdose antidote naloxone – commonly called Narcan – to 424 police departments across the State;
- Providing more than 400 free doses of naloxone to the staff of public libraries throughout New Jersey; and
- Launching a $4 million public awareness campaign to connect New Jerseyans in need of assistance to addiction treatment through our 24 hour a day/seven day a week 1-844-ReachNJ addiction treatment hotline.”
Source: NJ Department of Human Services
ReachNJ was a program relaunched, which encourages people to get help for their addictions, with their hotline 1-844-ReachNJ readily available.
All of these initiatives combined will create more opportunities for people to seek help, and get the help they deserve. Also, equipping others with life-saving substances such as Narcan.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been a decline in drug overdoses by 4.1% in 2018. However, opioid overdose deaths continued to rise, and New Jersey deaths also continued to rise during that time.