Opioid overdose and addiction has become an epidemic in New Jersey and nationwide. In 2016, more than 1,900 people died from opioid overdoses in New Jersey. Opioid overdose deaths in New Jersey have more than doubled since 2013. Chances are you or someone you love has been affected by this crisis.
With so many overdoses occurring across New Jersey, the need for prompt, compassionate, evidence-based intervention has been recognized. With the assistance of a grant from the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Hunterdon Medical Center has implemented the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) in Hunterdon County.
The program consists of Recovery specialists, peer support, readily available to respond when a patient experiencing an opioid overdose is reversed in the Emergency Department or community. Peer Recovery Specialists are uniquely qualified to connect with patients revived from an overdose as they bring their own personal experience, struggles, and success with overcoming addiction and/or mental illness challenges in their lives. They serve as recovery coaches and provide non-clinical support for an individual, empowering them to make self-determined choices about their own personal path toward recovery.
The goals of OORP are to release survivors from the vicious cycle of addition, increasing the person’s chances of successful recovery and reintegration into the community.
For more information, call 908-788-6401 ext. 6027.
Khaja Taj Faisal, MDPsychiatrist
Hong Chen, MDPsychiatrist
Everett H. Hill, MDPsychiatrist
Gem-Estelle M. Lucas, DOPsychiatrist
Mukesh D. Patel, MDPsychiatrist
Mary Ann Foley-Mayer, APN-CAdvanced Practice Nurse
Cynthia J. Tholis, NP-CNurse Practitioner
Kathryn A. Wall, MSN/APNAdvanced Practice Nurse
Margaret O. Akinyemi, APNAdvanced Practice Nurse
Kim Stricker, NP-CNurse Practitioner
Tami Zorge, NPNurse Practitioner
Additional Staff & Specialists
Gary L. Piscitelli, LCSW
Ellen Gantner, PsyD
Albert Bassetti, MA, LPC
Nancy Rumore, MS, LPC
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