Team 5 has been meeting monthly, and focusing on a number of issues. Team 5 members were instrumental in passing the Overdose Prevention Act (Good Samaritan Law and Naloxone)a law that will save lives in New Jersey, and encourage people to call 911 in the event of witnessing a drug overdose without fear of being prosecuted. NCADD-NJ Advocate, and Team 5 member, Paul Ressler has been focused on this issue for a long time, since he lost his son to an overdose. Paul has advocated for a Good Samaritan Law in hopes that other parents won’t have to go through what he went through as a family member. Paul and many more advocates got to witness Governor Christie sign the bill into law with many family members, advocates, and even Jon Bon Jovi who encouraged the Governor to sign the bill.
Here are some photos of the press conference with Team 5 advocates in attendance and some form the statehouse where advocates witnessed the Senate approve the bill sponsored by Drug Policy Alliance.
Team 5 is also partnerign with the Division of Aging, and Human Services, on hosting an event for Recovery Month specific to the senior population. This is an issue rarely talked about but so important, so the Team looks forward to its next meeting on June 2nd to continue the planning. More details will be released on the September event soon.
Team 5 member Mary Fougere also met with her Senator to discuss the Certificate of Recovery Bill, a bill that will help remove barriers after an individual that has 5 years of stable recovery.