This week, I'm helping Radio 107.1 FM to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic that is ravaging our local communities. It's a serious problem; according to on-air statistics, 10% of all heroin addicts nationwide live in New Jersey. Last year, more people died from heroin overdose than from vehicular DWI accidents, and addicts are as young as 10 years old.
3 Malls with Experts On-Hand to Help
On May 19th through May 23rd, from 7am until 10pm, Sunrise Detox staff will be at all three locations covered by this event. Joe Horrocks will be on-hand at Freehold Raceway Mall, Ryan Singer will be at Ocean County Mall, and I will be supporting our efforts from Monmouth Mall. Each of us are on-site answering questions and working with clinicians to try and help people to get into treatment immediately.
We've set up a call center specifically for this event to help raise awareness about New Jersey's heroin problem; if you or someone you know needs help, they can call us at (877)759-9757.
Raising Awareness of a Growing Problem
Statistics prove that the problem of heroin addiction in our state is quite severe. Since 2006, heroin use in New Jersey has tripled. The number of opiate overdose deaths jumped about 33% from 2011 to 2012. In Ocean County, which includes parts of the Jersey Shore, heroin deaths more than doubled between 2012 and 2013. These staggering numbers underscore a critical reality; that many of our fellow citizens desperately need help.
Real Help, Right Now
After just 2 days, we are seeing results. Parents, siblings, and neighbors have come down and voiced their concern and desire to help people they know, or loved ones who have problems with substance abuse or are in treatment, or recovery. Some have come down to admit they need help, and told us stories of their friends overdosing and in some cases dying in their presence. We've already helped a few people get into treatment immediately – in one case literally going from the mall directly to a treatment center.
Get Help and Advice, Right Now
Come on down to Ocean County Mall, Freehold Raceway Mall, or the Monmouth Mall and meet our professionals, counselors, admissions experts, and others who have come to provide help and assistance. Ask about how addiction starts, the connections between legal prescription pain killers and heroin, the symptoms of drug abuse, and the importance of getting medical assistance as soon as a dependency is recognized.
If you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol or drug use, stop by and you will find a friendly, informative ear to listen and provide expert advice, or call (877)759-9757