HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the launching of a 24/7 hotline where Bergen County residents can connect to addiction and recovery support resources. Individuals are encouraged to call or text the hotline at 201-589-2976 to speak with a Peer Recovery Specialist from The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a program of Children’s Aid and Family Services. The hotline is available to anyone battling addiction as well as their loved ones and family members.

Bergen County overdoses and fatalities continue to be on the rise in 2020, and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office’s commitment to raising awareness of the availability of treatment and other recovery resources in Bergen County is essential. During the month of August, a billboard promoting the hotline was visible on Route 17 in Rochelle Park promoting the hotline and its associated website, stoptheods.com. The campaign is paid for with Operation Helping Hand grant funding provided by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

Prosecutor Musella said, “We are devoting significant resources to this awareness campaign and developing partnerships to connect individuals to treatment. Law enforcement efforts are essential to combating the opioid epidemic, but we must do more than arrest and prosecute. Connecting individuals to treatment is necessary to break the cycle of use; that is why the BCPO is partnering with Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, the Bergen County Board of County Commissioners, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, and other agencies to raise awareness of the treatment options available and to connect individuals to recovery.”

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“Addiction is a public health issue that must also be addressed through prevention, treatment and recovery support,” said Ellen Elias, Senior Vice President of Prevention and Community Services at Children’s Aid and Family Services. “With a Peer Recovery Specialist available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions or help connect individuals to treatment and other services, a true community of support can be built. They discover they are not alone on their journey and help is available.”

The public is encouraged to follow the BCPO’s efforts on social media @BCPONJ and to visit www.stoptheods.com. The awareness campaign can be found using the hashtag #StoptheODs. 
The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources, a program of Children’s Aid and Family Services, is a recognized leader in community and school-based substance misuse prevention and education programs and peer recovery support services. Founded in 1979, The Center provides extensive resources, information, expertise and support in understanding and preventing alcohol and drug misuse and advocates for responsive prevention and treatment services. Visit tcadr.org for more information.