February 23, 2018 – New Jersey is ramping up efforts to address the drug epidemic as local and state governments recognize the devastating effects of the disease of addiction on residents.
The state’s Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced this week the establishment of the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Response and Enforcement Strategies, known as “NJ CARES.” The initiative will feature a 24-hour response team and enhanced prescription monitoring program, according to NJ.com:
The office will oversee new Statewide Opioid Response Teams, in which local police, mental health advocates, substance abuse counselors and first responders specially trained in dealing with addicts will be on-call. The program is being funded with a $850,000 federal grant, the attorney general said.
The state is expanding the number of drugs included in its prescription monitoring program, which helps doctors and health care providers detect prescription drug abuse, and expanding access to mental health professionals.
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