On October 6th, more than 7,000 door hangers will be distributed to Salem County households as part of “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day.”

The Salem County Office of Alcohol and Drug Services is working with Municipal Alliance partners, 10 school districts, and volunteers from around the County to get the message out during this statewide, single day initiative.

“When you take prescription pain medications, there is the potential for addiction, and we know this addiction is linked to heroin abuse rates. The purpose of Knock Out day is to raise awareness about this potential,” said Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice, who also chairs the Health Committee. “We are also grateful to our school districts who are sending materials home with students. They are partnering with us for the first time, and this allows us to expand the number of residents we can reach.”

Working with the Municipal Alliance for Prevention of Substance Abuse (MAPSA) in various communities, volunteers will be given door hangers and other awareness materials in an effort to reach as many people as possible. Volunteers also will share safe prescribing information with physicians and dentists.

Other Salem County partners include the Southwest Council and the Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center.

If you would like to help on Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, contact coordinator Victoria Maurizio at victoria.maurizio@salemcountynj.gov or 856-935-7510 ext 8449.


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