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Somerville: High Tech Weapon Fights Back Against Opioid Abuse

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From left, Neil Hooper, CRO, STOPit; John W. Fodor, Chief of Detectives; Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor and Todd Schobel, founder and CEO of STOPit at Wednesday's press conference. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office has partnered with a Bedminster software company to launch "Somerset Strong," a customized phone APP already used by millions across the country to anonymously report incidents of opioid abuse, bullying, harassment and other harmful and inappropriate conduct.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson launched the program at a press conference Wednesday morning with Todd Schobel, founder and CEO of STOPit,  which markets comprehensive, anonymous reporting software solutions to help deter illegal behaviors.

Access to “Somerset Strong” on their mobile devices will enable parents, friends and loved ones to report or request treatment service information relating to the opioid crisis utilizing text messaging, according to Robertson.

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"I am confident we are on the right path, not only to raise awareness of the dangers associated with heroin and opioid abuse, but also to assist the population in helping others," Robertson said. "We need the communities help in fighting this epidemic, and with everyone now having access to the STOPit app, we will continue to save even more lives,” he added,

Since its launch four years ago, the STOPit program through their app has helped schools across the nation to protect over 2 million students from cyberbullying, harassment and other harmful and inappropriate conduct, according to Schobel.

The text messages will be received by personnel from the Somerset County  Communications Center along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Robertson emphasized the app does not replace calling 911 in emergency situations and that those needing immediate assistance should continue dialing 911.

The STOPit app can be downloaded for free on to mobile devices from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store.

Once downloaded, "Somerset Strong" can be accessed using the code: SOMERSETNJ.

“We’re honored to join forces with Somerset County to help protect our communities from the growing epidemic of opioids,” Schobel said.

 

 

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