EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and other drug abuse in teenagers, there is little emphasis on actual times of emergency aside from naloxone (Narcan) training.

As such, the following must be underscored:

PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 2C:35-30 AND -31, IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A DRUG OVERDOSE AND SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE OR IF YOU ARE SEEKING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SOMEONE EXPERIENCING A DRUG OVERDOSE, YOU CANNOT BE CRIMINALLY CHARGED. IT IS THE LAW.

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This safety from arrest is not limited to an opioid overdose. Please share this information. One life lost to drug abuse and overdose is one life too many. Make the call to 911 to save a life.

*The mission of the East Brunswick Municipal Alliance is to promote the health and well-being of individuals in East Brunswick through the reduction of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  The Alliance will achieve this through an ongoing process of community involvement, collaborations, education, public awareness activities, sharing resources, and delivery of quality programs.  The Alliance will have a regular informational column on TAPinto East Brunswick.