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Gloucester gathering Monday to address opioid crisis

Gloucester County will host a series of small table discussions on enhancing existing opioid addiction services in the community on Monday evening. The discussions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room of Gloucester Library in Main Street Center.

Opioid addiction is both a national and a local problem. According to Gloucester Sheriff Darrell Warren, Gloucester has had 20 opioid overdose deaths in the last two years.

Service providers, family, friends, those in recovery, and anyone else impacted by the crisis are encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting and share their experiences and recommendations.

Gloucester is slated to receive an estimated $678,362 distributed in annual installments through fiscal year 2039 from the Commonwealth’s Opioid Abatement Fund. This fund is a result of a $26 billion national settlement with opioid distributors and manufacturers.

The county is using Monday’s forum and other means to receive public input to help guide decisions on...

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