is to partner with youth, parents, law enforcement, community leaders, and citizens of this county and empower them to bring about the change necessary to protect our youth, our families, and our future.
is to prevent, reduce, and/or delay substance use among youth of Atlantic County in a long term and sustainable manner.
News & Happenings
The Opioid Epidemic In Our Community
& What You Need to Know
Greate Bay Country Club | Monday, March 16, 7pm | Doors Open 6:30pm
Galloway Senior Center Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall
With all the KnockOut Opioid Abuse Town Halls taking place across the state, we wanted to share our event and remind everyone of the dangers of opioids. For more information about the Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series please visit knockoutopioidabuse.drugfreenj.org/
New Jersey Law Enforcement Community Unites to Discuss Opioid Epidemic
The Toolkit and Uses
This toolkit provides key information to school administrators and communities to support best practices for student athletes in an effort to reduce the use and misuse of prescription opioids among this high risk population.
This toolkit is intended to help guide and raise awareness of opioid use and abuse among young
student athletes and to provide evidence-based recommendations and information that will encourage and promote policy and practice changes that will strengthen schools, athletic departments and community based athletic programs. To view toolkit download file below.
FREE Deterra Drug Deactivation Pouches
Use the Deterra Drug Deactivation System to safely dispose of unused medications.
The Deterra® System is a scientifically proven product, powered by patented MAT12® Molecular Adsorption Technology. In a simple 3-step process, a user can deactivate drugs, thereby preventing drug misuse and protecting the environment. We strongly encourage everyone to dispose of unused, unwanted and or expired medication at a permanent prescription drop box location, but if you are unable to do that, this is the best alternative! Contact us today to receive
your FREE Deterra Pouch today!
Get a FREE
Prescription Medicine Lockbox
Protect your family by securing all prescription medications in your home with this FREE
“Prescription Medicine Lockbox.” For your FREE Lockbox please contact (609)272-0100.
HOPE ONE Atlantic County
The intent of the “HOPE ONE” mobile unit is to remove barriers for people in need of services and eliminate the stigma associated with seeking help. The mobile unit will be a caring, non-judgmental environment for any resident of Atlantic County.
Upcoming Hope One Locations/Events
for more information please visit www.hopeoneac.com/
JTAC Underage Drinking PSA Winners!
Middle School PSA Contest
Join Together Atlantic County has been running an Under-Age Drinking PSA poster contest for middle school aged students across the county. The point of the contest was to send a message to parents from children about the dangers of under age drinking and providing alcohol to those under 21. The winners of the PSA poster contest will be displayed on a local billboard.
1st Place- Naomi Green 8th grade, Brigantine Middle School
Pictured (from left to right): Ashley Rhea, Administrative Assistant Join Together Atlantic County, Kathy Fox, Principal of Brigantine Middle School, Naomi Green, 1st Place winner 8th grade Brigantine Middle School, Greg Smallwood, Brigantine School Counselor
2nd place- Camila Ramos-Reyna, 6th grade, Jordan Road Middle School
Pictured (from left to right): Ashley Rhea, Administrative Assistant Join Together Atlantic County, Casey Edge, Safety Patrol Advisor, Camila Ramos-Reyna , 2nd Place winner 6th grade Jordan Road School, Carlee Supp, Jordan Road School Principal, Eileen Ward, Jordan Road School Principal Vice Principal
3rd Place- Maggie Breedlove, 8th grade, Champion Baptist Academy
Pictured (from left to right): Ashley Rhea, Administrative Assistant Join Together Atlantic County, Maggie Breedlove, 3rd Place winner 8th grade Champion Baptist Academy, Shannon Breedlove Champion Baptist Academy Principal
The purpose behind the JTAC StoryCorps Project is to break the stigma surrounding addiction and recovery. The StoryCorps Project asks individuals to share their personal stories and experiences with addiction and recovery. The stories will be recorded and shared on the internet through JTAC social media pages. Through StoryCorps, the stories are also archived at the Library of Congress.
Addiction is a disease that affects not only the individual but also their family, their friends, and their community. According to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, “Drug use is on the rise in this country and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12—roughly equal to the entire population of Texas. But only 11 percent of those with an addiction receive treatment.”
One of the greatest barriers to individuals receiving treatment is the stigma surrounding addiction. By sharing our stories with each other we are working to normalize addiction and break the stigma. Addiction touches so many lives and by expressing ourselves through various art forms we can break down barriers and create a culture of acceptance on this campus. With Recovery Housing coming to Stockton University in fall of 2017, we need to start the dialogue surrounding this issue. The JTAC StoryCorps Project is a way to introduce this important topic to our community.
To view "JTAC StoryCorps" please click on button below.
Are you interested in sharing a story related to addiction, recovery, or stigma? Would you be willing to be interviewed by a Stockton Student?
We are looking for individuals:
NJCC AmeriCorps Vista
(609) 272-0101 x19
WHAT IS THIS? This display will include handwritten anonymous thoughts, opinions, pictures and personal stories on addiction from members of the community. The purpose of this project is to capture society's perception on addiction and help expose the unwanted stigma associated with it through the language we use when discussing addiction.
Over the past three years Join Together Atlantic County has worked with Stockton University service learning classes on developing the Substance Misuse Strangers Project. Each year a new group of students are given the task of collecting personal thoughts, opinions and stories from strangers at tabling events. They then displayed what they collected on campus for others to read. Join Together Atlantic County will now be displaying the Substance Misuse Strangers Project at The Mays Landing Library for the entire month of September for Recovery Month. In addition to the display there will be a plethora of information and resources pertaining to substance misuse prevention and treatment. This display will travel to other libraries in Atlantic County throughout the year.
Over 70lbs of unused, unwanted, or expired medications collected on March 28th from five different high rises in Atlantic City. Great work between ACPD, ACPO, JTAC and Assemblyman John Armato.
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