There will soon be a new unit at the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey. According to authorities, the new unit will provide drug and alcohol recovery services for inmates with addiction problems.
The new unit is being called the “Hope Wing.” Morris County officials decided to open the Hope Wing in order to combat the sharp rise of prescription opioid overdoses in Morris County and everywhere else in NJ.
James Gannon, the Morris County sheriff, said that prescription drug abuse is an epidemic that “has reached an alarming level in Morris County.” Statistics show that 62 people in Morris County have already suffered fatal prescription opioid overdoses in 2017. This represents a staggering 68-percent increase over the total number of fatal opioid overdoses in Morris County around the same time in 2016.
The hope of law enforcement is that the new recovery wing at the Morris County Correctional Facility will give prisoners a chance to get better and avoid relapses when they reenter society. Among the services provides in the Hope Wing will be anger management classes, counseling for drug abuse, and counseling for alcohol abuse.
To learn more, check out the NJ.com article, “Alarming Level of Opioid Use Spurs Jail to Open Recovery Unit.”