County Introduces Two New Initiatives To Address Opiate Crisis

DEPTFORD, N.J. — The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services has introduced two new initiatives to combat the ongoing opioid crisis in Gloucester County: The Road to Recovery Program and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said the programs are created to help ease the crisis while at the same time caring for people’s health.

“These initiatives are designed to address the growing opiate crisis we have been battling within our own county in coordination with ongoing state and federal efforts,” Damminger said. “By providing specialized care to those who may be suffering from an opiate addiction, we are able to combat the ongoing crisis while taking into account the health and wellbeing of those who have been or are affected.”

Freeholder Jim Jefferson and Prosecutor Charles A. Fiore at luncheon announcing new programs on Oct. 30.

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, said, “The primary goal of the Road to Recovery program is to connect those suffering from Substance Use Disorder to the appropriate treatment providers based on their individual needs.”

It was also formally announced that the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office has been officially recognized as a member of the federally designated Liberty Mid-Atlantic HIDTA Region (LMA-HIDTA). The LMA-HIDTA focuses on reducing drug trafficking and related violent crimes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

According to Jefferson, the new programs can help aid individuals and the community as well.

“With these initiatives being introduced to our county, we have new resources on battling the opiate crisis, both on a personal level by providing help to those affected, and on a larger scale by taking on drug trafficking and crimes related to drug trafficking and usage,” Jefferson said.