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Senator Anthony M. Bucco Senator Anthony M. Bucco (R-25)
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August 27, 2020
Bucco Bill Establishing Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey Moves to Governor’s Desk

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Statewide Initiative is Necessary to Combat Addiction and Save Lives

August 31 of each year will be designated Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey under a bill sponsored by Senator Anthony M. Bucco and approved by the Senate and Assembly today.

Senator Bucco’s bill designating August 31 of each year Overdose Awareness Day in New Jersey was approved today by both houses and now awaits consideration by Governor Murphy. (

“Every day, the battle against substance abuse disorder and opioid-related death continues in this state and across the nation,” said Bucco (R-25). “Information can be empowering to those who often feel helpless against this deadly disease. Establishing this meaningful day will honor the lives of those lost to addiction for years to come and hopefully save many more from the grasp of drugs. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle must work together now more than ever to increase awareness and remove the stigma surrounding addiction.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, overdose deaths in the state have skyrocketed by more than 20 percent.

“The devastating spike is a cry for help and a call to action,” Bucco said. “Far too many lives have been lost across the state due to addiction and overdose and the COVID outbreak has only added fuel to the fire. This somber annual reminder will help promote public awareness at the state, county and local levels. People need to understand the extent of the problem before we can control the threat to families of every demographic.”

The Opioid Awareness Day bill (SJR-85) requests the Governor to call for a moment of silence and issue a proclamation calling upon public officials and New Jersey citizens to observe Overdose Awareness Day with appropriate activities and programs.

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