Opioid Use and Misuse
According to NJCARES.gov, 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
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
Athletes and Opioids
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 within the current year. Purple flags and signs are available for FREE to the public and business sectors. Please contact Kait McCarthy at Kmccarthy@preventionfirst.net to get yours today.
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 Facebook page @ Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County.
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.