MILLBURN, NJ - As part of a nation-wide effort to combat the scourge of opioids, the Millburn Township Committee awarded a proclamation to two organizations for their work in bringing awareness and information to the fight.
On hand to receive the proclamation from the township was Bill Lillis, thr Parent Education Coordinator for Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and Heather Jenquine, Millburn Municipal Alliance Committee (MMAC) Cordinator.
The two were there to represent for Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day, which was established state-wide. Speaking after the meeting, Jenquine explained what the partnership's plan boiled down to.
"For the opioids, we do work a lot with the partnership on knock out opioid abuse day," she said. "We've had volunteers visit physicians offices because it's a two-prong approach.
"It's one, teaching prescribers. Educating them about safe and responsible prescribing practices, to make sure that we're not flooding people with unnecessary medications. And the second prong is teaching people how to responsibly take opioids and to watch [people] abusing the prescriptions to get high."
Jenquine also spoke about the work MMAC is doing in Millburn. One of the recent discussion workshops the group undertook was about the conversation surrounding vaping. The issue has been in the news recently as people around the country are believed to have fallen ill from the effects of vaping.
For Jenquine, the work MMAC does on that front consists of urging caution and awareness as well. She noted that the group has cautioned against vaping and its consequences for the past several years.
For more information on MMAC as well as their upcoming events, visit the group's facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MillburnMunicipalAlliance/.