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Detailing the Opioid Epidemic
July 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces an invitation to the public to attend a community presentation detailing the Opioid epidemic that is affecting Cape May County, the State, and the entire Country. This will be a joint presentation by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, and the Division of Criminal Justice.
The presentation will be open to the public on July 12, 2018, and run from 6PM to 8PM at the Christ Gospel Church at the “Love Center” located at 2209 Route 9 South, Whitesboro, NJ 08252.
As part of the presentation, Access to Reproductive Care and HIV Services (ARCH) Nurses will conduct opioid overdose prevention training to anyone wishing to participate. Upon completion of the training, participants will be issued a kit free of charge containing Narcan and all essentials items to potentially help save someone’s life in the event of an overdose caused by opioids.
Pastor Edgar D. Robinson of Christ Gospel Church graciously offered to open the doors to the “Love Center” and host this important event. The presentation will provide the community with information related to the current tragedy of opioid addiction sweeping across the country. Prescription opioid abuse has fueled heroin use and with the introduction of controlled dangerous substances such as fentanyl and carfentanil, our community has seen a sad and rapid increase in overdoses and often times death as a direct result of these dangerous drugs.
This training will help educate the community to identify physical traits of these drugs, learn current local street lingo, identify signs of abuse and resource outlets and contacts for persons in need of recovery. The training will also cover the current state of law enforcement’s role in combating this issue all while working in partnership with State, Federal and Local law enforcement agencies and partners in the addiction and recovery fields. There will also be representatives from various local prevention and recovery agencies in attendance and readily available to answer all your questions related to services provided by their respected agency. Among these agencies who will be in attendance are; Cape Assist, Cape Counseling, Family Matters, Cape Addiction recovery Services (CARES), South Jersey Aids Alliance, Cooperative Care, Christians United For Recovery (CURE).
Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone who has been sadly affected by the devastation of Opioid addiction or addiction to any controlled dangerous substance including alcohol to come out and bring a friend to become more informed. Information concerning this epidemic is a valuable tool to help keep your loved ones safe and in many cases potentially save someone’s life. For any questions concerning this event or to schedule a future event please contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135 and request to speak to Lieutenant Joseph Landis.