Businessmen’s club marks 75 years of service

By Jennifer Jean MillerPosted Nov 18, 2019 at 2:00 AM    ANDOVER TOWNSHIP – The Branchville Businessmen’s Club celebrated its 75th anniversary on Thursday and as part of its civic-minded heritage, presented $10,000 in donations to two local organizations. SCARC and the Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program were each presented with $5,000 ceremonial checks during the club’s anniversary dinner held at Perona Farms.[…]

Grewal, local substance abuse experts discuss drug trends

By Lori ComstockPosted Nov 15, 2019 at 11:38 AM    ANDOVER TOWNSHIP – Nearly 200 people – substance abuse experts, elected officials, law enforcement officers, members of the recovery community – came together Thursday to share personal insights on how to address the addiction epidemic. The annual fall event, held at Perona Farms, titled “Connecting the Continuum: Emerging Drug Trends, Substance Abuse[…]

Newton hosts opioid symposium

By Bruce A. ScrutonPosted Oct 19, 2019 at 3:49 PM    NEWTON – Sussex County, which has had one of the highest opioid overdose death rates in northern New Jersey, is beginning to see success in its battle against drug abuse, according to speakers Thursday night at Newton High School. Police, prosecutors, doctors and counselors from a variety of groups spoke at[…]

CLEAR celebrates three years

This summer marked three years since the CLEAR Program launched in Sussex County. CLEAR, which stands for Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery, was the first police-assisted addiction recovery initiative in New Jersey and remains the only county-wide program in our state to utilize law enforcement agencies as a pathway to recovery. Hundreds of individuals and[…]

Recovery and remembrance part of local international overdose awareness event

By Jennifer Jean MillerPosted Sep 2, 2019 at 2:00 AM    NEWTON — Light literally and figuratively cut through the darkness on Saturday night in the Newton Green, as a group gathered to line the sidewalks of the square with luminarias to remember loved ones lost to overdose. NEWTON — Light literally and figuratively cut through the darkness on Saturday night in[…]

Newton police chief honored for addiction recovery program

By Jennifer Jean Miller New Jersey Herald Posted: Jul. 7, 2019 12:01 am The Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program — a local collaboration to provide treatment and recovery support for those battling drug addiction without fear of prosecution — has received national recognition, with Newton Police Chief Michael Richards honored recently with the Law Enforcement Leadership[…]

Hundreds flock to local stores for free Narcan

By Lori Comstock New Jersey Herald Posted: Jun. 19, 2019 12:01 am Whether a teenager, parent, neighbor or co-worker, an opioid overdose does not discriminate. That was clear Tuesday when hundreds flocked to three pharmacies in Sussex County for a one-day-only opportunity to obtain a free, and potentially lifesaving, pack of Narcan. Last year in[…]

Businesses partner to raise funds for C.L.E.A.R.

Posted: May. 27, 2019 2:10 pm FRANKLIN — Neighboring businesses wrapped up their annual spring fundraising in support of law enforcement and Center for Prevention’s battle against opiate addiction in Sussex County. TJ’s Pizzeria Cafe and Verizon Premium Retailer, R-Wireless have raised more than $1,600 for C.L.E.A.R. (Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery,) a program that[…]