How hospitals are trying to fight NJ’s opioid crisis

(New Jersey 101.5, December 19) A few hospital systems in South Jersey are teaming up to share drug overdose information with each other to better understand and address the local opioid problem.Emergency Room

The four systems working together are Cooper University Hospital, Jefferson Health New Jersey, Lourdes Health and Virtua Health System. They will share information about the number of times Narcan (an anti-overdose drug) is used in their emergency rooms.

With the combined information, officials can “hopefully determine where there may be pockets of this epidemic hitting harder than others, and start addressing those particular areas of our county,” Lou Cappelli, Camden County Freeholder director and director of the County Addiction Awareness Task Force told the news service. Read more.