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What you thought was miles away, is right in our backyard.

Right In Our Backyard is an awareness and prevention program targeting the epidemic of opiate addiction in suburban areas. The presentation is a powerful outreach program, which offers a panel of two parents who each lost a child to addiction, an addictions specialist, a young adult in recovery, and a member of law enforcement. This program is sponsored by Gregg Wolfe, in loving memory of his son Justin Wolfe, who lost his life to a heroin overdose, and the Camden County Board of Freeholders Division of Health and Human Services.

Who Should Attend

– Parents
– Middle & High School Students
– Physicians
– Nurses
– Pharmacists
– Addiction Treatment Providers
– Social Workers
– Law Enforcement
– Prevention Specialists
– Educators
– Government Officials

National and Local Stats

  • At least 1,901 people died from opioid overdoses in New Jersey last year, well over twice the number of people from the state who died in the attacks on Sept. 11. (1)*
  •  Of those killed by opiate overdose in NJ, nearly a third were between 25 and 35 years old. (1)*
  • The number of overdose deaths in New Jersey is more than triple the national rate, and “now [heroin overdose] eclipses homicide, suicide, car accidents and AIDS as a cause of death in the state.” (1)*
  • 13% of 8th graders and 40% of 12th graders in NJ say they can easily get prescription pain killers. (1)*
  • Nearly half of young people who inject heroin reported abusing prescription opiates before moving on to heroin. (1)*
  • The majority of Camden’s heroin is sold mostly to suburban clients who come from the city’s neighboring communities.(1)*
  • Heroin remains the single most deadly drug in New Jersey, and is at the heart of the opioid crisis that has killed thousands in the last decade. Heroin deaths are exacerbated by the inclusion of Fentanyl, a lacing agent which is 50 times more potent than heroin. (2)*
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  • Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescriptions. (2)*
  • 94% of respondents in a 2014 survey of people in treatment for opioid addiction said they chose to use heroin because prescription opioids were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.” (3)*
  • Most adolescents who misuse prescription pain relievers obtain them for free by a friend or relative. (4)*
  • Of the more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2016, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and synthetic opioids with over 20,000 overdose deaths. (5)*
  • From 2002 to 2015 there was a 2.8-fold increase in the total number of opiod overdose deaths. (5)*
  • From 2002 to 2015 there was a 6.2-fold increase in the total number of deaths due to heroin overdose. (5)*
  • More Than 90 Americans Die After Overdosing On Opioids Every Day (5)*
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Calendar of Events

 Annual Fundraiser

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Event
Adelphia
Deptford Township, NJ
2pm

 Upcoming Presentations 

Thursday, March 14, 2019*
Sterling High School
Somerdale, NJ 
7:30pm

Wednesday, March 27, 2019*
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
Gibbsboro, NJ 
7:00pm 

*Open to the public

Previous Presentations 

October 16, 2018
Camden County Municipal Alliance
Magnolia, NJ 
6pm

November 13, 2018* (CANCELLED)
Burlington City Municipal Alliance
Burlington, NJ
7pm

January 8, 2019*
Runnemede Municipal Alliance
Mary E. Volz Elementary School
Runnemede, NJ 
7:30pm

January 21, 2019*
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Marlton, NJ 
7pm

February 12, 2019
Seneca High School Parent Group
Tabernacle, NJ 
7pm

 

To schedule Right In Our Backyard at your school,
place of worship, community center, or organization,
contact Meredith Cohen at mcohen@jfedsnj.org, or call 856-424-1333.

 

For 24-hour assistance, please call: 

NJ Addictions Access Center
844-276-2777

For residents of Camden or Gloucester Counties
877-266-8222

In the event of an emergency, please call 911