Opioid Overdose Recovery Program
Battling 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.
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:
- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark (RWJBarnabas Health)
- Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City (RWJBarnabas Health)
- RWJ University Hospital , New Brunswick (RWJBarnabas Health)
- Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch (RWJBarnabas Health)
- CentraState Medical Center, Freehold (CentraState Medical Center)
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune (Meridian Health)
- Community Medical Center, Toms River (RWJBarnabas Health)
- Ocean Medical Center, Brick (Meridian Health)
- 219 documented Narcan reversals by police in 2015, as a result of opioid overdose.
- 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).