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Overdose Awareness Day 2018 in South Amboy

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By Jenna Lynn Bonstein, Preventionist I In 2018, the number of people dying of an accidental overdose are rising at a rapid rate. In the United States, we lose 174 people a day to an accidental overdose. That is 174 daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, grandsons, granddaughters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends that we have to find a way to mourn and live without every day. This is killing more people than AIDS/HIV epidemic outbreak in the 80’s. “Just say no” didn’t work. The stigma has kept people stuck, sick and not asking for help. We want change, but not just one person can do anything when it comes to a monster this big. We need to come together and fight this battle like an army going to war. On August 30th, South Amboy put on a FEDUP rally and Overdose Awareness event at the South Amboy Middle School...
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Dunellen Overdose Awareness Day 2018

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By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I On August 31, thousands of individuals across the country will commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day, a day to remember those we have lost in the fight against addiction, those who are still suffering, those in recovery, and their loved ones. Overdose Awareness Day provides an opportunity to bring light to a public health crisis that is often highly stigmatized by and seen as personal moral failure. In Middlesex County alone, as of January 1, 2018, there have been 125 suspected overdose deaths, 533 Naloxone administrations, and 220, 225 opioid prescriptions dispensed (NJCARES, Office of the Attorney General 2018). Each of these deaths were preventable, and raising awareness and education about the dangers of substance use – particularly opioid and prescription medication – is critical in helping to curb the crisis. International Overdose Awareness Day is observed worldwide and aims to increase this awareness and reduce...
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A More Personal View of Overdose Awareness Day

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Written By Jenna Bonstein, Wellspring Preventionist August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day, an international day designated to acknowledge the many lives we as a nation lost to premature deaths from drugs, the majority of which are attributable to the use of opioids – most of them avoidable. On this emotional day, many families, friends gather together to support one another and share their personal struggles from grief and pain of losing a loved one to an overdose. This occasion gives people the opportunity to share their memories, bringing an empathic heart, knowing what it’s like. There is a strong presence of both grief and hope that fills the atmosphere on this night as many towns participate in a candlelight vigil and memorial service. Personally, I lost a good friend to an overdose back in 2011, and ever since every year I lose more friends and attend more funerals. I am...
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