Piscataway Launching Opiate Awareness Program
Piscataway High School is set to launch a new opiate awareness program called NotEvenOnce. This initiative, run in coordination with the Piscataway Township Police Department, is intended to combat the ongoing epidemic of prescription drug addiction to drugs like Oxycontin in New Jersey and across the country.
NotEvenOnce is an interactive opiate awareness program set to begin in January. Piscataway will implement the initiative in accordance with the original program developed by the Manchester Township Police Department. It will be run in freshmen health classes twice a week for four weeks.
The goal of the program is to build awareness of the dangers associated with opiate drugs like Oxycontin and Oxycodone. Its implementation in Piscataway comes on the heels of Donald Trump’s recent declaration of the opiate crisis as a national public health emergency.
Speaking about the intention behind opiate awareness, Piscataway Police Chief Scott Cartmell said, “It is our duty as a police department to explore every avenue and to use any tools at our disposal to help reduce the number of deaths due to opiate overdoses. We are going to use this program to attempt to reach out to the young people of our community to give them the knowledge of the risks of opiate use and the skills and abilities that will hopefully assist them with avoiding becoming a statistic in this crisis.”
This effort reflects police participation in drug prevention and education about the risks of these highly addictive painkillers. Officers are also well-aware of the severe consequences associated with a conviction for drug possession in New Jersey because they make arrests and file criminal charges against young people on a regular basis for drugs like Oxycontin.
If you are facing drug charges for Oxycontin possession in New Jersey, even having a few pills can lead to serious penalties. For example, under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5, possessing four or fewer painkillers is fourth degree crime punishable by up to 18 months in prison. Penalties become increasingly severe as the amount of prescription pills increases and when possession crosses the line into distribution. In fact, you could face up to 10 years in prison if you are found in possession of 100 or more pills with intent to distribute.
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For additional information regarding this initiative, visit the following link: Piscataway Police Announce New Opiate Awareness Program for Freshmen Students