Opioid Overdose Recovery Program

Opioid Overdose Recovery ProgramBattling the Opioid Epidemic

When an overdose occurs, whether heroin or prescription pain medication, first responders often use naloxone (Narcan), a life-saving nasal spray that counters the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. While naloxone is saving lives, many reversed survivors are trapped in a cycle of repeated drug use and may not receive the necessary treatment and recovery support services.

Program Addresses OpioidOverdose Epidemic in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

To address this health care crisis, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention (IFP) has launched the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) with law enforcement, CentraState Healthcare System and Meridian Health. The two-year pilot program – the first of its kind in the nation - links individuals who were reversed from an opioid overdose and
admitted to select emergency departments in both counties, to recovery support services and substance use disorder treatment.

OORP Team Approach

Recovery Specialists OORP's Recovery Specialists are trained and certified as recovery coaches and will be deployed to area hospitals upon notification of patients reversed with Narcan. Recovery Specialists work with reversed patients for a minimum of 8 weeks with the goal of entry to the appropriate level of care. Recovery Specialists are uniquely qualified as they are in their own process of recovery from substance use disorder and understand first hand about addiction and recovery.

OORP Locations

RWJBarnabas Health, CentraState Healthcare System and Meridian Health are serving individuals reversed from an opioid overdose. The program is implemented in the following hospital locations:

Essex County

  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark (RWJBarnabas Health)

Hudson County

  • Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City (RWJBarnabas Health)

Middlesex County

  • RWJ University Hospital , New Brunswick (RWJBarnabas Health)

Monmouth County

  • Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch (RWJBarnabas Health)
  • CentraState Medical Center, Freehold (CentraState Medical Center)
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune (Meridian Health)

Ocean County

  • Community Medical Center, Toms River (RWJBarnabas Health)
  • Ocean Medical Center, Brick (Meridian Health)

Fast Facts:
Monmouth County

  • 219 documented Narcan reversals by police in 2015, as a result of opioid overdose.

Ocean County

  • 268 documented Narcan reversals by police in 2015, as a result of opioid overdose.

“The OORP is an important step in helping individuals with substance use disorders to find recovery.”

Valerie L. Mielke, MSW, Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the Department of Human Services

For more information on the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program, or if you or someone you know needs help, contact Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention (IFP) at 732.914.3815.

OORP is funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF).