WESTAMPTON, NJ – Burlington County announced today that it will be starting a new initiative to improve access to addiction treatment and other community services that can assist residents in recovery with the opening of its new Recovery Center.
Burlington County Board Director Felicia Hopson and Deputy Director Tom Pullion will be joined by County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and other County officials on Tuesday for the official launch.
“The coronavirus pandemic is not the only health crisis impacting Burlington County. We cannot forget that addiction is also claiming the lives of our friends, neighbors and loved ones at an alarming rate,” Director Hopson said about the Recovery Center, where individuals can obtain peer support and information about treatment programs, recovery support services and community resources.
The Recovery Center will also have space for other wellness activities and classes on subjects like nutrition, anger management, relaxation and meditation and resume writing, and a meeting room for groups like Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous to use.
“There are real people who will benefit greatly from a program like this. It’s why I’m so proud we’re launching this initiative,” Hopson said.
In addition to opening the Recovery Center, Burlington County has also been making addiction services more attainable through the HOPE One Mobile Access Unit. HOPE One, which is run by the Sheriff's Office, offers critical support to individuals and families struggling with addiction and aims to prevent drug overdoses and deaths while providing linkages to treatment and recovery services. Earlier this month, the Sheriff's Office announced that HOPE One would be making several stops throughout the County through October.
In addition, the state of New Jersey is offering the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, commonly called Narcan, for free to residents at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey from September 24 through September 26. New Jerseyans can obtain the narcan for free and with no prescription and no appointment. Four Bordentown pharmacies are offering Narcan, including Boyd's Pharmacy and Mast Pharmacy, both in the City, and Sav-On Pharmacy (Acme) and Shop-Rite Pharmacy, both in the Township.
The launch of the County's new Recovery Center will take place Tuesday at noon at the Burlington County Human Services Building located at 795 Woodlane Road, Westampton.
Coffina, Hopson and Pullion will also be joined by Burlington County Department of Human Services officials, representatives from provider Prevention Is Key and a peer recovery coach.