CCSHM is so proud to be a part of this effort, particularly in partnering with Partnership for a Drug Free NJ in the October 6th statewide day of awareness, “Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day.”

Read Partnership for a Drug Free NJ’s full blog here:

The Surgeon General’s Call to End the Opioid Crisis

Check out the link below to read about the Surgeon General’s call to end the opioid crisis and TAKE THE PLEDGE!

As HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, we believe we have the unique power to end the opioid crisis. We pledge to:

1. Educate ourselves to treat pain safely and effectively.

2. Screen our patients for opioid use disorder and provide or connect them with evidence-based treatment.

3. Talk about and treat addiction as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.

Take the pledge to help end the opioid crisis today.

Narcan Used at Local Morris Plains Quick Chek

Quick action by a QuickChek manager, Morris Plains Police, and Morris County Assistant Prosecutor  Bradford Seabury, saved a 35-year-old woman who was overdosing on heroin in a bathroom of the convenience store on West Hanover Ave.

Morris Plains officers used Narcan, which counters the effects of opioids in overdose cases. This was the first time Chief Assistant Prosecutor Bradford Seabury, the office’s Narcan coordinator, who, along with others,  conducts heroin seminars in the community, saw Narcan being used to save a life. Seabury heard the sound of someone falling inside the bathroom while waiting, and after calling to the woman, and announcing they would be coming in, found an unresponsive, blue-faced woman on the floor.

Seabury said the number of Narcan uses is rising- In just 5 months so far this year, police have logged 49 overdose reversals, more than all of 2015.

New Jersey Hospital Cutting Down on Opioids in Emergency Room

St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey has been using opioid alternative protocols in its emergency room since January. The goal of the Alternatives to Opiates (ALTO) program is to treat patients without opioids before considering using them. In the program’s first 2 months, 75% of the 300 patients that have gone through the program DID NOT need opioids, said Mark Rosenberg, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph’s. St. Joseph’s is the busiest E.R. in the state, treating nearly 160,000 patients in 2015.
Emergency rooms find themselves at the front lines of the addiction epidemic – dealing with people in genuine pain, individuals with addiction to may try to falsify symptoms to obtain drugs, and overdose patients. “Opioids may have their place in pain management,” says Rosenberg, “bad traffic accidents, surgical pain, and terminal cancer may all require opioid painkillers.”

The program comes as public health and law enforcement officials around the country continue efforts to combat the deadly opioid crisis. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the first national guidelines for prescribing opioids in March, 2016. The CDC urged doctors to try first non-opioid painkillers, physical therapy, and other methods to treat chronic pain.

Read the full article here.

Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris is eager to be involved in physician awareness of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids. Please check back on our website to find out how we are planning to get involved, and how members of the community can help!