This Friday marks the statewide event Knock Out Opioid Abuse.

The event is organized by a Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.

KOOA Day will be focusing on informing the public on the risks of prescription pain medication and how it is linked to heroin abuse.

They are expecting around 2,000 volunteers including residents, students, legislators, experts, families that have been impacted by opioid abuse, and community leaders. The volunteers will hand out informative flyers and hang informative door hangers on doors.

These participants will speak with health care professionals at a variety of types doctors' offices and pharmacies about opioid and other pain medication.

Executive director of a Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, Angelo Valente stated:

We need to educate all residents and all prescribers with the most current research and protocols that, if implemented, will save lives and protect families

In Bridgeton, a candlelight ceremony will occur at Bridgeton City Hall at 6pm. They will honor the estimated 142 people who die each day from opioid addiction by lighting the City Hall Annex purple.

The Cape May County Healthy Community Coalition will be participating in the day as well by distributing informative cards to chiropractors, pharmacies, pizzerias, and other businesses. The cards will include information on prescription drop boxes.

If you would like to participate go to

To participate in Cape May call 609-522-5960.

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