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With a goal of confronting the frightening epidemic of opioid abuse, we’ve established the GSPO Stop Opioid Abuse Program, which we’ll identify with the acronym SOAP. Our primary efforts will feature outreach to a particularly vulnerable group – high school athletes. With direct support from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, we’ll regularly share key information about the dangers of opioid abuse with New Jersey’s more than 250,000 student athletes, via their schools, coaches, and even trainers.
Many of the materials (both printed and digital) that we provide to these young people – at risk because competition often leads to injury, followed by an opioid prescription – will be provided by another of our SOAP supporters, the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.
Other components of SOAP will include additional community outreach, interaction with key legislators and drug manufacturers, and volunteer opportunities for GSPO members. More on all this soon. For now, I hope you’ll join me in applauding the beginning of a program I’m confident will have an important, positive impact on the health and safety of New Jersey’s student athletes.
Press Release - HERE
Watch the interview with 101.5 - HERE
Read the article in from Addiction Professional HERE
Press Release - Tap into Paterson HERE
Press Release - Tap into Hasbrouck Heights HERE
Press Release - Tap into Piscataway HERE
Press Release - Tap into Morristown HERE
Press Release - Tap into Plainfield HERE
Read the article in the Advertiser News HERE
NJSIAA – our partner in the SOAP (Stop Opioid Abuse Program) educational initiative – has partnered with NJ Cares (part of the Office of the Attorney General) to create a video on preventing opioid painkiller abuse. It’ll be required viewing for all student-athletes at NJSIAA’s 435 member schools, beginning with the winter sports season.
Watch the video: Athletes vs Opioids
ASAM Patient Guide (American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Guide)