Expert Shares Information on Trauma, Substance Abuse in Atlantic County

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MAYS LANDING, N.J. -

The opioid epidemic continues to plague the country and right here in the Garden State.

According to officials with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, about eight people die each day from drug overdoses in the state.

A trauma and substance abuse expert is hoping to help change that.

On Tuesday, January 8th, Trish Caldwell, an expert in trauma and substance abuse treatment, stopped by the Recovery Centers of America Lighthouse facility in Mays Landing to provide free continuing education training to local therapists, counselors, probation officers, and social workers.

Caldwell says making sure everyone is educated about substance use disorder and trauma is the first step in putting an end to the opioid crisis in hopes of saving lives.

"We need to be able to make sure that we are trauma informed, that we are engaging in treatment that is meaningful, sustainable, and that everybody needs to be informed about this to be able to truly make a difference," says Caldwell. "It can't be one facility ... so [we are] sharing our information, pulling everybody together to really help in the mission of saving as many lives as we can."

Areas covered in today's class included how to define traumatic stress and substance use disorder, the effects of substance use on the brain, and effective treatments for people with traumatic exposure and substance use.

The event also included tours of the facility.

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