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Videos to warn studen athletes about opioid misuse

Videos to warn studen athletes about opioid misuse

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ABSECON — Join Together Atlantic County, a substance misuse prevention coalition, Atlantic Prevention Resources and the Atlantic County Opioid Task Force have made available prerecorded videos on the topic of preventing opioid misuse among athletes.

The presentations are for high school athletes, their parents or guardians, athletic directors, coaches, athletic trainers and anyone else working with youth athletes. The videos are now available at jtacnj.org/opioids-and-athletes.html. The five presentations are recorded by local residents regarding their personal stories, experiences and perspectives on athletes and the dangers of opioid misuse. Presenters include Dr. Josiah Bunting of Bunting Family Pharmacy, Sgt. Jennifer Cugini of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Don Rogers of Advanced Recovery Systems, Dave Sholler of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Melanie Mackleer with Atlantic Prevention Resources.

Youth athletes are at a higher risk for opioid addiction due to their greater risk of injury and their increased opportunity to receive diverted pain medications from teammates. 

The presentations were prerecorded. Due to COVID-19, in-person presentations were not feasible. Questions for the presenters can be submitted directly on the website and answers will be displayed at the bottom of the video page. The website includes an evaluation link so viewers can provide feedback. Funding for the project was provided in part, by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Atlantic Prevention Resources is dedicated to preventing harm, caused by substance use and violence. Join Together Atlantic County, is a coalition whose goal is to prevent, reduce and or delay substance misuse among youth. For additional information please email Lsmith@atlprev.org or call 609-272-0101, ext. 11.

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