GLEN ROCK, NJ - Glen Rock Councilmember Arati Kreibich led local awareness efforts on Knockout Opioid Abuse Day, Oct. 6, as designated by Governor Phil Murphy.
Along with volunteers, Kreibich reached out to residents sharing information about why opioid abuse is so prevalent and some of the ways it can be reduced.
“Opioid abuse and addiction are present in every community," Kreibich said. "The stigma around this makes it worse. We need to speak openly and candidly about addiction and recovery and also do everything we can do to help stop this before it starts.”
During the public portion of last evening's Borough Council meeting, Claude Bienstock, who is part of the dangers of opioid abuse awareness in Fair Lawn, spoke about the need for more awareness.
At that same meeting on Oct. 7, Mayor Bruce Packer said Glen Rock's Stigma Free Committee sponsors at least one event each year to discuss addiction awareness, including March's community discussion on "Taking the Stigma out of Addiction."
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, volunteers handed out informational flyers in the Central Business District and at the “Coffee with the Corps,” and “Coffee with a Cop” events explaining what opioids are and how misuse of medications with opioids can lead to opioid addiction. Residents received “Knockout Opioid Abuse” bracelets and coloring books about making positive life choices, all provided by the Partnership for Drug-Free America. This educational effort, focused on prevention, was supported by the Stigma-Free Task Force of Glen Rock.
Reducing the number of prescribed medications that contain opioids is one way to decrease the risk of opioid use disorder. Patients and caregivers are advised to double check with their healthcare practitioners whether prescribed opioids are necessary for pain control, especially after minor procedures. If so, they should request the lowest efficacious dose or amount, and ensure that these medications are disposed of properly.
The next “National Take Back Prescription Drug” day is October 26, 2019.
Additional informational brochures, coloring books and bracelets can be found at Borough Hall, while supplies last. More information about Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day can be found here: https://knockoutopioidabuse.drugfreenj.org/.