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Opioid Use and Misuse

According to, Monmouth County’s suspected overdose death rates have decreased in the past five years; with 215 confirmed deaths in 2018 to 174 suspected deaths in 2021. Because of this continued problem and its impact on our communities, the PCMC has teamed up with county stakeholders to implement various prevention efforts. Please take a moment to read about them below and how you can help us tackle this epidemic

Opioid Toolkit

The PCMC Opioid Task Force created signage on signs of an overdose, the Good Samaritan Law and access to a free Narcan training. In an effort to provide awareness and education, the task force has created opioid toolkits that include the signs, lock bags to safely store RX medications, educational information and much more. The toolkits are available to the public, businesses, schools, doctor offices, pharmacies and more

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Athletes and Opioids

Sports Team

PCMC provides a FREE comprehensive presentation on Athletes and Opioids. This presentation provides timely information, materials and resources to help provide awareness and education on prevention of injury, opioid medications & alternatives, substance use disorders and more. This presentation is available to teenagers and adolescents who play youth sports, families of such teenagers and adolescents, coaches, faculty, nurses, youth sports groups, and relevant health care provider groups.

International Overdose Awareness Day
is August 31st

Purple flags are displayed at each participating town’s municipal building, as a representation of each life lost to overdose between January and March of the current year. Purple flags and signs are available, FREE to the public and business sectors. To get yours today, please contact:

Samantha Paulsen
732.663.1800 x2290


Each year PCMC invites the community to join together and honor our loved ones who’ve lost their lives to overdose. To learn more about our event this year, please visit our events page and follow us on our social media accounts.


PCMC provides educational webinars on topics such as opioids, resources, safe storage, safe disposal and more.

To observe our webinars, please visit the recorded webinars page.

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