KeepReaching's Fight Against Opiate Addiction
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In 2015 over 33,000 people were killed by opiate abuse and there were over 53,000 reported opiate related overdoses in 2016. Essex County disclosed 208 opiate related deaths in 2016, but a majority of our communities have began to accept opiate use as a normal social juncture. The fact of the matter is that undeserved communities in Essex County are not reaching the source of the opiate epidemic, our youth.
Our youth are more subjected to drug abuse due to two major factors:
- The need to be accepted by their peers.
- Lack of education of proper usage and health implications.
In the past, many of us have been taught that marijuana usage is the gateway to more harmful stimulants. In spite of that, more recent studies by the National Institute on Drug Abuse have shown that 80 percent of people who use heroin, first misused prescription opioids. KeepReaching's mentoring program is currently seeking opportunities to service the youth in Essex County and combat the mainstream media ideals of what is acceptable with regards to opiates. Every community must understand the importance of the preservation of our youth and their potential to be future leaders of the world.
Sign this petition and make your mark on the fight against the opiate epidemic in Essex County. Present this petition your child's school and let them know that KeepReaching's mentor program is ready to win back the minds of their students. Our children needs us to speak up and stand up for the right to KNOW the truth about opioids in our communities.
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