LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – In honor of Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, Sunrise House Treatment Center wants to partner with local businesses to help save lives.
Nationally, overdose deaths hit an all-time high in 2020 with more than 93,000 people losing their lives, which is an increase of nearly 30% from the year prior, and New Jersey was not spared from that increase. Sunrise House will be hosting free virtual training sessions for businesses to get their staff trained on how to administer Narcan©, a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Synthetic opioids, specifically fentanyl, account for the vast majority of overdose deaths.
Participants will also have an opportunity for a Q&A with an addiction expert. Businesses who take part will be eligible to receive a digital badge for their website and social profiles to inform the public that their staff has received overdose training from a leading treatment provider.
“The number of lives lost to overdoses last year was astronomical, and it’s tragic to think that a great deal of them were due to the inclusion of fentanyl that they likely didn’t know about,” said Jim Zuravnsky, CEO of Sunrise House Treatment Center. “We know the pandemic made things much worse for people, which is why we think that it’s important to educate the community on how to handle an overdose emergency. Most of us are not far removed from the addiction epidemic, and the best way to get this knowledge out to the community is by starting with our local businesses.”
According to the CDC, anyone who uses opioids can experience an overdose, but certain factors can increase the risk, including:
- Combining opioids with alcohol
- Taking illegal or illicit opioids, like heroin or fentanyl
- Having certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea
While Narcan© can reverse an overdose, treatment is often necessary for long-term recovery.
“The best way to address the number of overdoses taking place is by knowing what to do to prevent them,” said Zuravnsky. “In addition to providing this education to the community, by partnering with local businesses and organizations, we also want to remind the community that Sunrise House is also a resource for those who need help.”
Sunrise House Treatment Center is an American Addiction Centers’ facility, a leading provider of inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment services. We treat clients who are struggling with drug addiction, alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental/behavioral health issues. We currently operate substance abuse treatment facilities located throughout the United States. These facilities are focused on delivering effective clinical care and treatment solutions.
For more information, please find us at www.AmericanAddictionCenters.org or call 866-244-1070 for help. We also offer several online resources for the public. Visit americanaddictioncenters.org/online-resources to learn more.