Drug Overdose Prevention

Drug Deaths Can Be Prevented

This year, there have already been two RVCC students who have died from a drug overdose. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with an addiction to heroin, prescription pills, or other drugs, we want you to know that we are here to assist you. During business hours, contact Advising and Counseling Services at 908-526-1200, X8336 and ask to speak to a counselor.

After hours, call 855-652-3737 for N.J. Connect for Recovery (warmline) or 211 for Addictions Hotline of N.J.

Did You Know?

  • Opiate addiction is a treatable medical disease
  • At least 28 people in Somerset County died of overdoses related to heroin or perscription pills in 2014
  • The stigma and shame related to drug addiction is often the greatest barrier to getting meaningful help
  • Herion users may also struggle with depression, anxiety, mental health disorders
  • Many with herion dependency began with painkillers obtained from a medicine cabinet

What You Can Do

  • Report a drug overdose/save a life without fear of prosecutions - New Jersey's "Opiod Antidote and Overdose Protection Act" (P.L.2013,c.46) allows you to report a drug overdose/seek medical assistance for yourself or another person without fear of prosecution with certain conditions
  • Safely store or dispose of unused expired medications.  Find Rx drop box locations in your area Safe Coalition.org
  • Get training to administer Life-saving drug Naloxone (Narcan) - To learn how you can assist other experiencing a narcotic overdose by providing emergency response to them. Training
  • Seek Professional Help - When you notice changes in behavior that might imply drug abuse call 855-652-3737 for NJ Connect fo Recovery (warm line) or 211 for Addictions Hotline of NJ
  • Ther is no shame in saving someone suffereing from the medical disease of addiction