TRENTON, NJ — Monmouth County will receive nearly $227,000 in state funds to help combat the opioid crisis by creating peer supports to engage people in treatment and recovery.

Monmouth was among 12 counties to recently receive a total of $1.67 million from the N.J. Department of Human Services through its "County Innovation Awards to Address the Opioid Epidemic," designed to fund innovative local projects targeting opioid use disorder, prevention, treatment and recover.

In addition, the state is providing more than 53,000 free doses of the life-saving overdose antidote naloxone  — commonly called Narcan — to 424 police departments, as well as another 400 free doses to the staff of public libraries throughout New Jersey.

Sign Up for Belmar/Lake Como Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

It will also launch a $4 million public awareness campaign to connect New Jerseyans in need of assistance to addiction treatment through its 24-hour a day/seven day a week addiction treatment hotline — 1-844-ReachNJ. 

“The Department of Human Services is committed to working with local leaders to turn the tide of the opioid epidemic,” Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “(The county) awards will support local innovative projects that were designed by and reflect the needs of local communities in combating this public health challenge."