Check out this PDF from Operation Prevention.

  • There are 144 drug overdose deaths per day in the
    United States. Sixty-three percent of those deaths are
    related to pharmaceutical opioids or heroin.
    OO 6.4 million Americans indicated misusing prescription
    opioids in 2015.
    OO Nearly one in five teens say they have used prescription
    medicine at least once in their lifetime to get high.
    OO Opioids have been linked to 60 percent of drug
    overdoses in the U.S.
    OO In 2015, 58 percent of 12th grade students reported
    a “great risk” in trying heroin.

STOP

For the past several months, CCSHM has been delivering tool kits to local bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. These tool kits contain a black light, an ID book, a “Get Your ID Out” card, and a letter from CCSHM. These tool kits can be utilized to examine ID cards and have key things to look for that a fake ID most likely will not have. Aside from being able to separate the fake IDs from real ones, these tool kits will also let underage people know that bars and liquor stores are looking more thoroughly at identification and having the get your id out signs will make people aware of carding before even entering the liquor store.

These tool kits are putting us one step closer to eliminating underage drinking in the peak locations in Morris County.

Opioids and Morris County

Since January of 2018, arrests have gone up for drug dealers and users. But, along with this rise, there has also been a rise in both fatal and non-fatal overdoses. When viewing a map, and the data, it is clear that these arrests and overdoses are not people who are travelling through Morris County, but rather residents of Morris County. There has been not a single community without an overdose in 2018. All communities are effected, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, gender, or religion. When looking at the projected outcomes, it seems as though opioid related deaths in Morris County will surpass last years number of 80 deaths.

Morris County is often thought of as being an upper middle class community, and people overlook the possibilities of drug use or abuse in this community but it is clear that we need to be safer and proactive on this issue. Opioids do not discriminate, addiction does not discriminate. Be aware, be proactive.

Opioid Use in Morris County

In 2015, roughly 2% of heroin contained fentanyl in it, whereas now, 40% of heroin has fentanyl in it. Fentanyl is a deadly chemical that produces a high for significantly cheaper than heroin, which is why drug dealers tend to cut heroin with this chemical. For reference, one kilo of heroin would cost $60,000, but a kilo of fentanyl is only $3,000. This chemical is dangerous because it is very strong, in fact, 44% of ODs in Morris County had fentanyl in their drugs. It does not take much to be deadly, and when buying heroin, there is no known amount of fentanyl in it, nor would a dealer ever tell their secrets. Not only is fentanyl found in heroin, but it starting to be found in other drugs, like cocaine and marijuana. Fentanyl is also being pressed to look like pills.

Fentanyl is a profit making chemical, that due to the price, is becoming more and more common. As opioid use increases, so will the use of fentanyl. Drug dealers are not looking for what is the safest, only for what will produce the most amount of profit. Acknowledging the increase risk of fentanyl and understanding its potency is important for keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.

Underage drinking in our community

Underage drinking is happening in our community, as early as 6th grade. In a local school, 1.7% of middle-schoolers had had a drink in the past 30 days. Nearly 17% of children felt that there was slight to no risk of harming oneself if they drank 5 or more drinks once or twice a week. 16% said there was slight or no risk in harming oneself if they drink one or two alcoholic beverages nearly everyday.

Though these numbers are not extremely high, young children are beginning to lower their perception of risk of drinking alcohol. The lower this perception becomes, the higher the risk actually is. If children do not perceive risk, they are more likely to try something. Trying to drink alcohol at such a young age is very dangerous for the developing brain and can lead to harmful consequences. It is important to inform children that the legal drinking age is 21 because by then, brains are almost fully developed, which keeps the brain safer. Alcohol is a toxin, and informing people of this is important for lowering the usage amongst underage persons.