Archdiocese of Newark Partners With NJ Reentry Corporation to Bring Addicts Hope

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The opioid epidemic is the worst drug crisis in American history, and it’s claiming the lives of over 1,500 people every week. 

Initially stemming from the excessive prescription of legal pain medications, the crisis has now escalated. 

In certain states, there are more prescriptions being written than there are people. 

New Jersey has made the decision to take action, and they are seeking support from the Church.

Father Timothy Graff is coordinating a new collaboration between the Archdiocese of Newark and the New Jersey Reentry Corporation, which is led by former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, to help fight back against fentanyl and other opioid addictions by helping addicts to get clean. 

While New Jersey is dealing with the struggles of opioid addiction and other drug use, fatal drug overdoses are at an all-time high when it comes to New York City as well. 

Someone dies of an overdose every three hours, according to the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction you can turn to Catholic Charities for help. 

There are several health clinics all around Brooklyn and Queens. 

To find one near you, just visit CCBQ.ORG.