MORRISTOWN, NJ - October is National Substance Use Prevention Month in Morris County, announced the Morris County Board of Freeholders.

In making the proclamation, the county governing board is highlighting the positive efforts being made to deal with substance use by our young residents. The Municipal Alliance Network in Morris County is on the front line strategizing on how to educate young people on the dangers of underage drinking, alcohol dependency, vaping, use of prescription drugs, opioids, or illicit drug use.

Stigma Free Morris County is made up of 28 Municipal Alliances, representing 33 of the 39 municipalities in Morris County.  The organization is comprised on mainly dedicated volunteers that work to create prevention strategies that target the rood of dependency problems and help youth lead healthier lives. 

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THE PROCLAMATION:

  • Whereas, millions of young Americans, including those from Morris County, suffer from substance use disorders, which include underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use.
  • Whereas, young Americans aged 12 to 20 account for 11 percent of the country’s monthly alcohol consumption and approximately 23 million people aged 12 or older annually use illicit drugs, plus we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic; and
  • Whereas, prevention strategies targeting the root of these dependency problems are essential to curb drug use and help our young people lead healthier lives, and early intervention can prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur; and
  • Whereas, the Municipal Alliance network here in Morris County and across our state provides a community-based effort that involves youths, parents, educators, concerned citizens, and government officers who work to strengthen the support systems that can help keep our young residents away from drug consumption and also improve their academic performances and workforce readiness; and
  • Whereas, in Morris County, there are currently 28 Municipal Alliances, representing 33 of Morris County’s 39 municipalities; and these grassroots organizations, comprised mainly of volunteers, assess needs, set priorities, develop plans and implement programs which form the foundation of Morris County’s substance abuse prevention activities; and
  • Whereas, in Stigma-Free Morris County, we foster an environment where young people are free from judgment and are offered the help they need to recover from their dependencies, without feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, or hopelessness, and they are encouraged to seek or accept help so they can lead productive lives;
  • Now, Therefore,  I, Douglas R. Cabana, Director of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, thank the hundreds of volunteers of our County’s Municipal Alliance network for their dedication and perseverance, and recognize them for their contributions to the community, as I proclaim October 2019, as National Substance Use Prevention Month here in Morris County.
 

 

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