One of our priorities at NJRP is taking action to end the overdose crisis and expand access to evidence-based treatments and harm reduction in NJ. New Jersey experienced over opens in a new window3,000 drug-related deaths in 2020 alone, and for many, the resources they need to survive and find a path to recovery are too few and far between.
That’s why we’ve been working hard to make sure families, communities, and loved ones struggling with substance use disorder are able to receive treatment that’s accessible, affordable, and reliable. This May, we met with Valerie Mielke, the Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services at the NJ Department of Human Services. We were also joined by Adam Bucon, State Opioid Treatment Authority, and Michael Petruzzelli, Policy Director for the DHS from New Jersey. We talked about expanding mobile MAT (medication-assisted treatment) in New Jersey, one of our priorities this year for ending preventable overdose.
Read more about NJRP’s meeting with the DHS over at our Not One More NJ site, the hub for our work to expand access to quality care for people who use drugs: