Tackling opioid use in sports

Skylands Stadium, Aug. 21

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— The Coalition for Healthy & Safe Communities, a program of Center for Prevention & Counseling, is excited to announce a new prevention initiative addressing the use of opioid pain relievers for sports-related injuries among young athletes. This initiative compliments New Jersey Department of Education’s recent commitment to address and prevent the misuse of prescription drugs among young athletes. School Administrators, Athletic Directors, Coaches and Recreational Sports affiliates are invited to attend an inaugural event “Tackling Opioids through Prevention for Athletes,” on August 21 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Skylands Stadium Event Center.

This complimentary 2-hour training includes a TOP Athlete Toolkit, dinner, and a ticket for each participant to attend the Aug. 21 Miner’s game, 7:05pm start time. This event includes featured speakers, Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch who will share trends and resources to combat opioid addiction, Theo Sibblies, Mentor, Trainer, Coach and Motivational Speaker, to express how communities can help athletes, students and persons alike strive for achievement to sustain top performance in sports, academia and life in general; Martin Miller, Executive Director of Garden State Pharmacy Owners, Inc. (GSPO), to introduce a particular initiative he works diligently towards which is SOAP (Stop Opioid Abuse Program), a joint effort between the GSPO and NJ State Interscholastic Athlete Association (NJSIAA) to help prevent opioid abuse.

As our country is in the midst of a health crisis due to addiction, it is important to address all populations with prevention efforts to reduce the increase in use and misuse of prescription medication. As you may be aware, young adults who participate in athletics are at greater risk to engage in nonmedical prescription opioid use because they are at greater risk of injury or because of a greater opportunity to receive diverted opioid medications from teammates. Therefore, in response to the many studies who have found that youth who are highly involved in competitive sports are at a greater risk of being prescribed opioid medications, misusing opioid medications, and being approached to divert these opioid medications, the Center for Prevention and Counseling is taking action.

If you are an affiliate of a sports program, a sports leader or enthusiast we encourage you to be part of the solution to prevent the misuse of opioid pain medication among student athletes grades four through college. This event is free but, registration is required. For more information and/or to attend “Tackling Opioids through Prevention for Athletes,” on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, please contact Ashley Brown at Center for Prevention & Counseling by emailing ashleyb@centerforprevention.org or calling (973) 383-4787, Ext.

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