STATEMENT CONCERNING NEW JERSEY’S ANTI-ADDICTION LEGISLATION
From Jerry Binney, President & CEO:
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a program of Children’s Aid and Family Services, fully supports the anti-addiction legislation that was signed into law in New Jersey on February 15, 2017. Since 2004, more than 6,000 people have died in New Jersey due to heroin. This legislation, along with substance abuse prevention and education efforts and recovery support, is an important step in addressing this critical public health emergency.
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources has been working with government leaders and community partners to help address gaps that exist in managing this epidemic. The Center received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services to implement the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program. The purpose of the Program is to provide one-on-one assistance in emergency rooms by individuals in long-term recovery to those who have overdosed on opioids and were given Narcan by a law enforcement official, to end the ‘revolving door’ of cycling in and out of drug overdose situations. This program’s been implemented in Monmouth, Ocean, Camden, Essex and Passaic Counties and the early results are promising.
We are committed to continuing our partnership with the state of New Jersey and the County of Bergen to help manage this epidemic and make our county safer and healthier.
About The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources provides community and school-based education programs about alcohol and drug abuse and advocates for responsive prevention, treatment and recovery services. The Center's offices are located in Fair Lawn and its services are available throughout Bergen County. For more information, please call 201-261-2800 or visit www.tcadr.org.
About Children’s Aid and Family Services
Children’s Aid and Family Services is a leading nonprofit human services organization serving northern New Jersey. The agency is fully accredited and has served the community for more than 115 years. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and when needed, provide families. Motivated by compassion and in partnership with the community, we make positive lasting differences in the lives of those we serve. We provide high quality, innovative services to children and their families that advance social, educational and emotional development and wellbeing. For more information on Children’s Aid and Family Services, call 201-261-2800 or visit www.cafsnj.org.