On Friday, starting at 7 am at the Boro Hall Train Station, Glen Rockers step up fight drug abuse on Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day. Volunteers will hand out information linking the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine to heroin abuse in New Jersey.
Glen Rock’s first Drug Disposal Box, will be ready for business in Rock Ridge Pharmacy today thanks to Michelle Torpey, a Glen Rock Mom, licensed pharmacist and Glen Rock Coordinator for the statewide Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey event.
“The rising drug abuse numbers worried me. So many young people are dying of heroin abuse. People who knew I was a pharmacist would ask me how to safely destroy their prescription drugs”, said Michelle Torpey. “I knew that a Drug Disposal Box was the safest way. I did research to get one for the town. The Box is here because of the concerned parents that donated the money to buy it.”
She started a GoFundMe page to buy the Box and canvassed local businesses to house it. Rock Ridge Pharmacys owners, husband and wife pharmacists, Vishnu Patel and Khushboo Shah, said yes. New to Glen Rock, they feel the Box will benefit the community.
About 1 in 5 New Jersey youth grades 9 -12 also report having used a prescription drug not prescribed to them to get high.
- 1 in 5 teens have tried Vicodin.
- 1 in 10 has tried Oxcontin (Ocycodone).
- 1 in 10 has abused Ritalin or Adderall.
At 2 pm to 4 pm, Torpey will be at Rock Ridge Pharmacy to discuss the prescription Drug Disposal Box and hand out information on the Knock Out Opioid Abuse initiative.
From 5:30 pm to 7 pm, at the Boro Hall Train Station, volunteers will alert residents to the Box’s location and hand out opioid abuse prevention information. Volunteers will pass out information throughout the day in the Downtown business district. Friday also marks the Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “First Friday”, from 5 pm to 8 pm, which will increase the outreach to town residents.
About Knock Out Opiod Abuse Day in New Jersey
In its second year, Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day increases understanding of the opioid crisis through a mobilization effort with a dual focus: educating physicians and raising awareness among New Jersey citizens and families. It is designed to bring attention to the opioid crisis facing the state and the steps residents can take to stem the epidemic. The New Jersey Senate and General Assembly responded following the first event in 2016 by unanimously approving joint legislation designating October 6 in perpetuity as Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day in New Jersey.
A recent study by National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed that about 41 percent of people who misused opioids obtained them for free from a friend or relative. Users of prescription drugs are 40 times more likely to use heroin, according to the CDC.
According to the CDC, opioid pain relievers that are abused were most often obtained via prescription from physicians, and users of prescription drugs are 40 times more likely to use heroin. More than 33,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses in 2015, and the number of such deaths quadrupled from 1999 to 2015.
For more information about the drug problem in Glen Rock, please read the GRNT article about the drug community forum held at the GRHS.
Best known for its statewide anti-drug advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication. To date, more than $70 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception the Partnership has garnered 166 Advertising and Public Relations Awards from National, Regional & Statewide