BRICK TOWNSHIP, NJ – It was a gut-wrenching sight in Brick Township to see the loss of four siblings who died from the overdose epidemic in Brick Township as 200 ‘black posters’ were arranged to identify others who lost their lives during the growing opioid pandemic at the Jersey Shore.
“Today, we hosted “The Black Poster Project,” a silent memorial dedicated to those who’ve fallen to the overdose epidemic. It was a powerful display with over 200 awareness posters of lives lost to addiction,” said Mayor John Ducey. “We connected as a community and stood unified in the battle against substance use disorder.”
Ocean County outpaces both the state of New Jersey and the nation when it comes to opioid deaths per 100,000 people. Each year, since 2013, the number of overdose deaths remains high with 204 in 2019 and 217 in 2018. This year, to date there have been 161 deaths in the county with 626 revivals through the use of Narcan. 213,701 opioid prescriptions have been dispensed this year in Ocean County. Ocean County is among the nation’s leaders in overdose death per capita with one per every 2,773 residents.