Stigma Free Third Anniversary – Videos of Event

On April 24, the Morris County Board of Freeholders this week recognized the third anniversary of the county’s Stigma-Free Initiative and urged all of the county’s 39 towns, plus school districts, businesses, law enforcement, and religious and nonprofit organizations to join the countywide effort to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. Here are some videos from the event:

Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo

Erica Valvano, of Hope One

Wendy Sefcik, of Remembering T.J.

CCM Students Behind “Despite My Diagnosis” – Alexa Wyszkowski of Rockaway, Raven Resch of Belvidere, and Marco Mirlas of Roxbury

How Morris County puts a bull’s-eye on New Jersey’s drug epidemic

From NJTV:

Two years ago, Morris County launched its Narcan 2.0 program. It offers recovery coaches through treatment for those on the brink of death but revived with naloxone. [Prosecutor Frederic] Knapp says 60 percent of those offered help accept it.

“Hopefully we’re doing the right thing, but seeing these numbers go up despite our efforts is really horrific. But it doesn’t dissuade us. In fact, it convinces us to work harder,” Knapp said.


Read the full article, How Morris County puts a bull’s-eye on New Jersey’s drug epidemic.

Addiction is a disease. We should treat it like one

Only one in nine people in the United States gets the care and treatment they need for addiction and substance abuse. A former Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli is working to end this epidemic and treat people with addictions with kindness, compassion and fairness.

In a personal, thoughtful talk, he encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders.

Gov. Christie: Tonight’s Candlelight Vigil Is To Recognize Those Decimated By This Epidemic

Governor Christie: We have an NIH Study that says that people who smoke marijuana are two-and-a-half times more likely to become addicted to opioids based upon the study of over 45,000 people across the country. Not done by any partisan organization, done by the National Institutes of Health. This is not debatable stuff but the marijuana industry is so ravenous to get their hands on this money that they don’t care that it’s blood money, and that’s what it is. And we’re having a Candlelight Vigil tonight to recognize the families across this state that are being absolutely decimated by this epidemic. And the idea that in the midst of this epidemic we want to legalize another drug to me is completely anti-common sense and unthinkable. Well, I’m willing to predict to you right now, I think the Governor-elect said it’s going to be $300 million in revenue, you’ll never see it. Not anywhere close, if he gets half that he’s lucky, and then, you know, the idea that that’s not going to make this stuff more available to kids in different forms is just sophistry, it’s going to. And you know everybody wants to be cool and say hey let’s make it legal, I don’t care about being cool.

Highlights from the Stigma-Free Conference

The Morris County Stigma-Free Committee’s first conference was held on November 1, 2017, at Morristown Medical Center. It featured speakers from across the spectrum of government, law enforcement, and the non-profit sector sharing their experiences and successes in the fight against stigma. Thanks to all who attended!

Here are a few video highlights from the conference:

Gov. Christie On Addiction: Life Moves, It’s Not Static, It’s Not Something You’re Stuck With

Governor Chris Christie today met with case managers and support staff at Homeless Solutions in Morris Township to discuss an innovative approach to increasing the number of skilled drug counselors in the state. The employees are currently participating in a 45-week, state-funded, on-site drug counseling certification program and company-paid apprenticeship. Watch the video:

Community Song from “Many Faces of Recovery: Celebrating You”

This community song was written based on a set of surveys in honor of The Many Faces of Recovery: Celebrate You.

Thank you Lorraine Ferro and Anna Toby Rabinowitz for writing an amazing song and performing at the forum; thank you to Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Mental Health Addictions Servises Advisory Board for giving us the opportunity to participate in this years annual forum for Consumers and Families.