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U.S. Senators Menendez, Booker announce more than $66M in federal funding to fight opioid crisis in New Jersey

In 2021, there were 24,597 drug overdose deaths in NJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced New Jersey was awarded $66,756,027 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue the state’s comprehensive efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic.

“We know that the opioid crisis has impacted individuals from all communities and all corner of our state,” Menendez. said “This grant funding will help support the state’s efforts in battling this epidemic through treatment and prevention as we work to lower the number of lives lost to opioids.”

“The opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll on all New Jersey communities,” Booker said. “This federal funding will expand our ability to tackle this crisis head-on and offer those facing addiction the resources they need.”

Specifically, New Jersey’s Opioid Response Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is designed to provide states flexible funding to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services in the ways that meet the needs of their state, with a focus on providing evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, more than 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021, an increase of more than 15 percent from 2020.

“Every American deserves access to culturally responsive prevention, treatment, and recovery services and supports,” said Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA. “SAMHSA remains committed to fighting overdose and to reminding the nation that there is hope – treatment is effective and recovery is possible.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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