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Addiction Awareness & Prevention

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 program features a traveling panel of passionate “experts” who talk with tweens, teens, and parents about the perils of abusing pain medication, vaping, marijuana, alcohol, heroin, and other dangerous substances. The panel includes licensed social workers, law enforcement, parents who have lost children to a heroin overdose, and individuals in recovery. 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 Right In Our Backyard

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

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

To learn about resources available through
Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force, click HERE.

Addiction: Families In It Together Support Group

Addiction is often referred to as a “family disease” because one family member’s addiction affects the entire family. This supportive group helps family members and loved ones of people who are actively struggling with substance abuse or who are in early recovery. Click HERE to view the group flyer.
To learn more or to join this group, please call the JFCS Counseling Department at (856) 424-1333.

Sponsored by Gregg B. Wolfe in loving memory of son Justin Wolfe.

Families Anonymous at the Katz JCC

This 12-step program supports parents, grandparents, and siblings struggling with the behaviors of an addicted love one. The group meets every Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in Room 205 of the Katz JCC. Families Anonymous is free and open to all. To learn more, call 609-442-5830 or email sjfa1345@gmail.com

 

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)*
        * Click here for sources
  • 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)*
        * Click here for sources

Right In Our Backyard Calendar of Events

 Annual Fundraiser

Sunday, May 31, 2020
8th Annual Justin Wolfe Memorial Benefit
Stay tuned for more details!

Upcoming Presentations 

March 26, 2020 *
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
Gibbsboro, NJ

May 14, 2020
Voorhees Middle School
Voorhees, NJ

May 20, 2020
Cherry Hill High School East
Cherry Hill, NJ

Previous Presentations 

December 13, 2019
Brimm Medical Arts High School – Camden, NJ

October 29, 2019
Sterling High School – Sterling, NJ

October 16, 2019
Cherry Hill High School West – Cherry Hill, NJ

October 3, 2019
Camden County Annual Substance Abuse Conference – Cherry Hill, NJ

September 9, 2019
University of the Sciences – Philadelphia, PA

*Open to the public

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.