New Jersey Announces Plans to Combat Opioid Crisis
Insider NJ reports on the newly announced efforts that the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (“NJ CARES”) intends to implement to combat the opioid crisis. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced these three actions, according to the article:
- The statewide expansion of “Operation Helping Hand,” a groundbreaking program developed in Bergen County in which law enforcement officers working with community health partners proactively engage individuals suffering from addiction and facilitate their access to treatment and recovery support services.
- A partnership with Rowan University to provide subsidized continuing education program for New Jersey health care professionals, designed to help them spot signs of opioid addiction and prevent addiction among their patients.
- The launch of the Integrated Drug Awareness Dashboard (“IDAD”), a state-of-the-art opioid data “dashboard” that allows state agencies engaged in the fight against addiction to exchange and analyze information to present a more comprehensive picture of the impact of the opioid epidemic in New Jersey and to better inform strategies to fight it.