CVS Health is committed to helping put an end to the American opioid abuse epidemic, and to connecting those who are struggling with addiction with the resources they need to regain good health.
A grant from CVS Health to Morris Country Prevention Is Key allowed them to host two peer recovery specialist training cohorts. The training provided 55 specialists the opportunity to share knowledge in one-on-one, group, emergency room and correctional facility interventions, as well as become law enforcement response assistants throughout the state.
“Being a peer recovery specialist became a calling for me,” said Joe Bixel of Morris County Prevention is Key. “Knowing that I can take part in the recovery of one individual gives me a sense of purpose.”
Bixel is part of the Opioid Overdose Recovery Project (OORP) operating in all 21 counties across New Jersey, where drug-related deaths have increased dramatically in the last few years. The OORP deploys trained peer recovery specialists to hospital emergency rooms anytime someone is saved from an opioid overdose with naloxone. The specialist meets with the patient in the emergency room with the goal of getting the patient into treatment and long-term recovery.