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Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Senator Anthony M. Bucco

Bucco: With Overdoses Up 20%, It’s the Right Time to Establish Overdose Awareness Day

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Cites Spike in Fatal Overdoses During Shutdown

Senator Anthony M. Bucco reiterated his call to create Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey in response to the significant spike in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Sen. Anthony M. Bucco reiterated his call to create Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey in response to the significant spike in opioid-related overdoses during the COVID-19 crisis. (overdoseday.com)

“The COVID-19 outbreak is far from the only health crisis plaguing our state and our country,” said Bucco. “Too many lives have been lost in communities across New Jersey due to addiction and drug overdoses. In order to shine a light on this pressing issue, I am advocating to designate August 31st as Overdose Awareness Day on a local, county, and state level.”

According to published reports, overdose deaths increased by 20% during the COVID-19 crisis.

Bucco is calling on local and county elected officials to pass a resolution within their communities to better recognize Overdose Awareness Day in towns and cities across the state.

“The battle against opioids and overdose deaths continues day in and day out,” added Bucco. “Now more than ever, elected officials on both sides of the aisle need to work together to heighten awareness while breaking the stigma surrounding addiction. Establishing this historic day will honor the lives that have succumbed to addiction for years to come.”

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