It is well-established that drug use and addiction is a major problem that impacts all of us on multiple levels; individuals, families and communities bear the many ill-effects that it has on our safety, health and the economy. The alarming reality of the heroin/opiate epidemic, in particular, has created an urgent need to work together to reverse these trends.
We also recognize that for any anti-drug program to be effective, strong enforcement must be supported by an effort to reduce the demand for illegal substances and this is best accomplished through continued prevention education along with improved access to treatment and recovery support.
The mission of the Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. program is to form a collaborative network of professionals in our community who will facilitate medical intervention, improved access to treatment and recovery support for those struggling with drug addiction who seek assistance, without fear of arrest or prosecution, in order to make a positive difference in the quality of life for individuals, families and our entire community.
One in three people are affected by substance use disorders. The disease of addiction affects all people- no matter their occupation, income level, race or community status. Our communities are in the midst of an opiate use epidemic. In fact, in 2016, the Sussex County area had 36 overdose deaths due to heroin, prescription medications and other illicit drugs, along with 52 overdoses where Narcan was administered by law enforcement in an attempt to revive a person.
A group of key stakeholders have been proactively organizing a collaborative partnership between community entities that are serving to provide real solutions to this current health crisis. Treating addiction increases community health by leaps and bounds. Whether you are a person with a substance use disorder or the loved one of someone with this disease, we are offering the real understanding that recovery options are available.