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New Program to Offer Treatment for Lower Level Drug Offenders in Gloucester Township

Project SAVE (Substance Abuse Victimization Effort) fills the current void in which lower level offenders are not currently offered entry into a treatment program.

Advocates from Genesis Counseling Services in Collingswood will soon offer information and treatment to lower-level drug offenders at the municipal level under a new program initiated by the Gloucester Township Police Department.

Project SAVE (Substance Abuse Victimization Effort) fills the current void in which lower level offenders are not currently offered entry into a treatment program.

Genesis Counseling is a nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic support, care and education to aid people battling mental illness or attempting to overcome drug addiction.

The announcement comes as the county battles a growing drug epidemic.

A total of 15 heroin overdoses were reported in Camden County over a two-hour period in March.

Since then, the county hosted a heroin summit in Collingswood on May 19 and
began using billboards to spread awareness about the epidemic.

Earlier this week, the Camden County Freeholder Board created a heroin awareness task force, with members to be named next month.

Also this week, a program that was being used in the Jersey Shore that allows law enforcement officials to carry the heroin antidote Narcan was approved for statewide use.






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