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Warren County establishes overdose and suicide fatality review team

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The Freeholders voted Wednesday night to authorize establishing an overdose and suicide fatality review team with representatives from the county Health Department, Human Services Department, Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris/Sussex/Warren Medical Examiner’s Office, and other stakeholders.

Having a review team would help Warren County “to understand where things are occurring and why,” Freeholder Jason J. Sarnoski said.

Suicide deaths in Warren County have increased more than 200 percent between 2006 and 2017, and fatal overdoses from opiates and heroin are a significant national public epidemic with Warren County no exception, Sarnoski said.

The program will review factors that cause or are correlated with fatal overdoses and suicide deaths. The county’s Addiction Awareness Task Force, which Sarnoski established, will use the information produced by the review team to enhance its efforts, Sarnoski said.

“Hopefully it changes some lives for the better,” Freeholder Director Richard D. Gardner said of the new review team.

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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