October 6, 2018
The Salem County Office of Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Prevention/ Municipal Alliance for Prevention of Substance Abuse partnered with county schools and community groups for New Jersey’s third annual Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day making it the most successful yet. All but one school district in the Salem County participated. Students were sent home with crucial information explaining the connection between opioid misuse and heroin abuse. Volunteers across the county also dispersed door hangers to their neighbors. Senior buildings participated as well. Because of these combined efforts over 11,000 households were reached this year.
Salem County Office of Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Prevention representatives visited doctors and dentists to share safe prescribing information. Salem-Cumberland Regional Action Toward Community Health Coalition helped again this year by going to each and every pharmacy within Salem County. Other community partners included local churches and Mid-Atlantic States Career and Education Center. Thanks to all efforts being combined Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day was a huge achievement and well received. Spreading awareness on this important topic is essential on this day and every day.