New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said 12 counties will receive grant funds totaling $1.6 million to aid in addressing the continued public health crisis of opioid addiction.
Murphy announced the funding allotment during a roundtable with individuals in recovery and health professionals at Ocean Mental Health Services in Bayville, outlining preliminary overdose death data for January 2020 showed suspected drug-related deaths decreased 2.8 percent from December 2019, an overall downward trend since November 2019, resulting in 280 lives lost just last month.
“These numbers are a reminder we must stay vigilant in our work,” Murphy said. “Each resident lost to the epidemic is a loved one gone too soon. This crisis requires us to pursue smart and compassionate policies laser-focused on solutions – increased availability of medication-assisted treatment, greater access to Naloxone, education, and outreach to residents in need, and enhanced social supports for those on the path to and working to maintain their recovery, like housing and employment services.”
The governor also noted the state would relaunch Reach NJ, a public service project managed by the Department of Human Services and designed to encourage people to seek help for addiction, with messaging based on input from individuals in recovery and families of individuals with addiction.