Two new initiatives introduced in the fight against the ongoing opiate crisis

The county introduced two new initiatives to address the growing opiate crisis

From right, Freeholder Jim Jefferson and Prosecutor Charles A. Fiore (Special to The Sun)

On Wednesday, Oct. 30 the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, in collaboration with the Gloucester County Department of Health and Human Services, held a luncheon presentation to introduce two new initiatives in Gloucester County: The Road to Recovery Program, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “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. 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, 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.

Freeholder Jefferson said, “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.”