Timing, they say, is everything. In a recent court case, the timing could not have been better when a judge in Oklahoma handed down a decision against Johnson & Johnson for its role in the opioid crisis. Johnson & Johnson, like other opioid manufacturers, downplayed the addictive quality of the narcotic painkiller. The fine in the Oklahoma case, which was $572 million, coincided with a week of forums and vigils held to mark Overdose Awareness Day, which is August 31.
Overdose Awareness Day is prologue to September’s celebration of National Addiction Recovery Month. Recovery Month puts month-long focus on addiction recovery and stresses that the best recourse with addiction is treatment, not punishment. A primary focus of it is to challenge the stigma the faces people with an addiction and those in recovery.
High Point Partial Care provides vital treatment for opioids and other drugs to residents of Hunterdon and surrounding counties. Treatment, not punishment, will produced the best results for the person with the addiction and society. For opiate-addicted clients, High Point provides medication assisted treatment where appropriate.
High Point’s hometown of Flemington marked Overdose Awareness Day with an art show, with images depicting the pain and loss of addiction contrasted with the hope of recovery. Treatment at High Point makes recovery possible for the many it treats for substance use.