Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day October 6, 2016
Posted: October 1, 2016
The Randolph Township Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC), in partnership with the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris and the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, is participating in Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day on October 6, 2016.
The statewide single-day initiative has a dual purpose—to educate families about the addictive qualities of opioid pain medicines and their link to heroin abuse, and outreach to physicians and dentists who prescribe opiates, asking them to consider other therapies and treatment goals for patients, and to discuss with patients the pros and cons of opioids.
No one is immune to this epidemic. Drug overdoses have surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. Deaths from heroin in the U.S. increased 248% between 2010 and 2014.