Points, Penalties, Pills: Youth Athletic Conference to Address Opioid Epidemic in South Jersey

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GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ - On Friday, February 23rd, the Gloucester Regional Addictive Substance Prevention (GRASP) Coalition will be hosting a youth athletic conference aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic and the effects on student athletes.  

GRASP is encouraging all Athletic Directors, Athletic Trainers, School Personnel, Parents/Guardians in Gloucester County to attend this event.

The day will consist of expert practitioners, solutions oriented workshops, and an engaging panel discussion. This is a free event that only requires prior registration to attend.

For those who request it, CEU hours will be given. 

The inception of the conference came from the GRASP prescription/heroin committee as they worked together to bring solutions to prevent prescription drug abuse and collaborated with The New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) and New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Ave Altersitz, executive county superintendent of Gloucester County, became involved as a part of the DOE’s commitment to the students in Gloucester County: “Too many young athletes are losing their lives to addiction," he said. "It's important that parents and school employees are educated about the overprescribing of opioids and the signs of addiction. Our children's lives depend on this knowledge.”

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