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Sussex County addiction center secures $500K for opioid fight

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From left, Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEO Robert Garrett, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer discuss cutting red-tape for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, fighting the opioid crisis, and enhancing patient care in New Jersey hospitals at a roundtable event at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, in Hackensack.
From left, Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEO Robert Garrett, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer discuss cutting red-tape for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, fighting the opioid crisis, and enhancing patient care in New Jersey hospitals at a roundtable event at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, in Hackensack.

The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton has been granted a $524,670 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the office of U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer announced Friday.

According to Gottheimer, D-5th District, the grant will support the nonprofit’s addiction and substance abuse services, allowing it to provide for 485 new patients over the next three years; offer outpatient treatment; and expand its telemedicine program.

“This grant allows us to more effectively use the tools we have … to save lives and give individuals and families in New Jersey struggling with addiction the best chance of recovery,” the center’s Executive Director Becky Carlson said in a release.

The center will also increase its staff by hiring two additional counselors and recovery coaches, plus a full-time medical consultant.

“No community is immune to the opioid crisis ravaging America's families. New Jersey — and particularly Sussex County — are no exception,” said Gottheimer in a release.

As of Sept. 17, 2,058 people have died from drug overdoses in New Jersey, more than in all of 2017, the release said.

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