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Public Awareness and Education

Read the 2023 Community Assessment Report

Community in Conversation Community Assessment: 2022 Findings

Community in Conversation is the first comprehensive assessment of current substance use social norms, attitudes, and levels of young adult substance use in the Somerset Hills. 350 parents, young people, teachers, and leaders in the Somerset Hills volunteered to participate in the assessment, which will allow us to respond to emerging substance use trends. Community in Conversation illuminated strengths and protective factors in the Somerset Hills, but also revealed opportunities for growth. A snapshot is shown in our infographic to the right. The full report is also available for download below.

Click here to read the 2022 report
See how it compares to our 2021 report

The first step in prevention is educating the public about the magnitude of the impact of the opioid epidemic in every segment of our local community, the all-too-common pills-to-heroin pathway to addiction, and addiction as a disease requiring long-term treatment and community understanding.

View this 30 second PSA on the opioid epidemic by Tobin Heath, a two- time Olympic soccer gold medalist & FIFA Women’s World Cup silver and gold medalist.

Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day

In NJ, October 6 has been designated Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day (KOOAD) that the Partnership for a Drug Free NJ created and pioneered in 2016. It’s a day to raise awareness about the dangers of abuse and misuse of Rx pills on a local, grassroots level. In Somerset Hills, Girl Scouts and high school students from Ridge Against Alcohol and Drugs teamed up to distribute Partnership for Drug Free New Jersey’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day (KOOAD) door hangers in neighborhoods and in the halls of the high school, with recognition from Congressman Leonard Lance. A boxing event among young adults was held to raise awareness of the disease of addiction and much-needed funding.

Community in Crisis | Girl Scouts KOOAD
Community in Crisis | Boxing Fundraiser
Community in Crisis | KOOAD

Town Halls

Town Halls, featuring experts from law enforcement, addiction counselors, lawmakers and individuals affected by opioid abuse, serve to inform the public about the extent of the opioid epidemic and the slippery slope from prescription pain killers to heroin.

Community in Crisis | Jody Town Hall Panel

Information Tables

Information tables at public events help educate the public about addiction as a disease and the importance of safeguarding medications.

Community in Crisis | Information Tables

Clergy Council

Our active, cross-denominational Clergy Council coordinates a message of hope and support across the community.

Faith Leadership
Community in Crisis | Clergy Group
Prevention and Early Action
Workshops and Training
Recovery Support