Two Cape May County pharmacies were honored for the steps they have taken to combat the opioid epidemic.
Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson visited Village Pharmacy in Marmora, and Walmart in Rio Grande, on Opioid Awareness Day to honor steps both businesses have taken.
Those pharmacies provide individuals with an at-home disposal solution for extra prescription drugs that the individual may not need.
Both companies have taken other steps to reduce the community’s dependence of opioids as well. Village Pharmacy worked with community partners to get a prescription drop box placed at its business. Walmart has ramped up its education to the consumer and has limited the number of opioids an individual can get.
“This is another example of the community effort that is taking place to help reduce overdoses in Cape May County,” said Pierson, liaison to Health and Human Services. “These private businesses are taking extra steps to ensure our residents are safer. This is why I wanted to congratulate them today.”
Pierson made the stops on Opioid Awareness Day, as apart of other events he was participating in to bring further attention to good work being done in the community. Aug. 29 was Opioid Awareness Day.
A Cape May County Overdose Awareness event was held at the Lighthouse Church in Cape May Court House. It was sponsored by the Cape Addiction Recovery Services, Cape Regional Medical Center, Christians United in Recovery and the Lighthouse Church.
“Numbers regarding overdoses in Cape May County have improved but it is because there are so many great community organizations,” said Pierson. “Our staff at the Cape May County Government continues to try and find ways to bring partners to the table as we continue to make progress against this disease.”