MILLBURN — Students at Buena Vista Regional High School in Atlantic County are showing their support and raising awareness about the dangers of opioids by issuing a Proclamation recognizing Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day on October 6th.
Katherine Jaques and Thomas Egan of Stand Up and Rebel / Incorruptible.Us attended the Buena Vista Township Committee meeting on September 28th to receive a proclamation issued by the Township Committee in recognition of Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day 2020. The youth were able to speak about the importance of the day, and additional activities that they are involved in through the youth coalition.
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is designated as a permanent day of prevention education and awareness, designed to shine light on the opioid crisis impacting thousands of New Jersey residents and families. While in the past, up to 10,000 residents would blanket their community, workplace and schools with prevention and education resources, this year’s event will be held virtually, with residents across the state encouraged to share information and resources electronically via email or social media.
“The goal is to raise awareness of the link between prescribed opioids and heroin and fentanyl overdoses and deaths in our state, to reduce stigma and encourage support for those in recovery from substance use disorder,” explained Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.
“Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day is a great opportunity to educate New Jersey residents and the community about the dangers associated with opioids,” Valente, said. “I encourage all New Jerseyans to take a moment on October 6th and share a KOOAD message, that can help save a life.” Please visit the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day toolkit for shareable messages.
In 2019, more than 3,000 people in New Jersey died of a drug overdose, a majority of which involved some form of opioid. The pandemic is making the disease of addiction even more dire with overdose deaths up 42 percent earlier this year.
In its fifth year, Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day in New Jersey, is a statewide project that is created by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ); The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services; and the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris, with help from partners across the state.
To learn more about all that Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day offers please visit www.knockoutday.drugfreenj.org