On August 31st, 2018 the Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) in partnership with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office (OPCO) will participate in International Overdose Awareness Day. This is a global event which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death.
International Overdose Awareness Day aims to spread the message that Tragedy of overdose deaths is preventable. The current theme “Time to Remember, Time to Act” for the 2018 event acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
“No community is immune to overdose,” says Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator.
“The Ocean County Health Department is committed to raising awareness about overdose prevention, reducing stigma, providing innovative programs to assist residents and providing education on prevention, treatment and recovery,”
Staff of the Ocean County Health Department’s Alcohol and Drug Unit are available to answer any question that family of a person seeking treatment or education may have. They can be reached by calling 732-341-9700 x7535. The Ocean County Health Department staff are also available to provide substance abuse prevention programming to the community. For further info pleace contact the HEalth Education division at 732-341-9700 x7233.
“Since January 2017, “Blue HART” has helped 373 individuals to successfully fight the curse of addiction. Our program, combined with the services of the Ocean County Health
Department, leads the state in providing several lifesaving options to Ocean County residents who are fighting and seeking addiction help.” stated Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s office also continues to grow their “Blue HART” (Heroin Addiction Recovery Treatment) Program with which they continue to find success.
Ocean County police departments in Brick Township, Lacey Township, Little Egg Harbor, Manchester Township, Ocean Gate, Point Pleasant Borough, Stafford Township and Surf City Police participate in providing critical addiction recovery help. In the near future, Toms River Police Department and others will join the program.
For additional information on the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Blue HART Program go to: https://tinyurl.com/y7dco9g6
The full PDF from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office can be seen below.