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Morris County couple donating to local food bank for every Narcan trainee

Mark and Maria Broadhurst of Long Valley are donating $10 to the Long Valley Food Pantry for everyone who undergoes Narcan training

WASHINGTON TWP, NJ (Morris County) — A Long Valley couple who lost their son to a fatal opioid overdose in 2019 is encouraging their community to undergo training on how to deploy overdose-reversal medication.

Mark and Maria Broadhurst of Long valley lost their son Joshua, 24, in December 2019. A month later, they founded Joshua’s Peace, a nonprofit “dedicated to shining a loving light on the disease of addiction and helping all of those struggling to live long, productive, peaceful lives,” according to their website.

Now they’re teaming up with the Morris County Sheriff office’s Hope One mobile substance use and mental health disorder outreach program. For every person that undergoes Narcan training on Monday, July 13th, the Broadhursts will donate $10 to the Long Valley Food Pantry and the Long Valley Community Assistance Program.

Maria and Mark Broadhurst of Long Valley, NJ, received Narcan training in February 2020 by Caroline Bailey, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist for CARES and Morris County Sheriff’s Office Hope One partner. ((Photo courtesy of Morris County Sheriff’s Office)

Hope One will be at the Long Valley Pharmacy on 62 E. Mill Road in Washington Township, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free, 20-minute Narcan (generic name naloxone) tutorials will be provided by the Hope One team, which includes a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist from the Rockaway-based Center for Addition Recovery, Education and Success (CARES) and a mental health specialist from the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris. Participants will receive a free Narcan kit after completing training.

For more information, visit the Morris County Sheriff’s Office website, or call the Hope One outreach coordinator at 973-590-0300.

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