Rutgers releases toolkit to combat opioid epidemic in New Jersey

Clinicians, faculty and students at the Ernesto Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., have created a free toolkit for communities across the state to combat opioid abuse.

The toolkit — Opioid Abuse Toolkit: Resources for New Jersey Communities — features an instructional guide to help plan and execute different types of community initiatives like social media campaigns and educational programs to promote for safe medication storage. The toolkit also provides resources for individuals affected either directly or indirectly by opioid abuse.

"We developed this turnkey tool for organizations to use to increase awareness and provide educational resources to address this opioid crisis," said Saira Jan, PharmD, a clinical professor of pharmacy at Rutgers and the leader of the initiative. "We want to get as much good information out to as many people in New Jersey as possible."

To download the 49-page toolkit and supplemental materials like posters and pamphlets, click here.

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