All About The New Jersey Prevention Network

Vanessa Vitolo, AJ Solomon at NJPN

Victory Bay’s AJ Solomon and Vanessa Vitolo recently attended the 2018 NJPN Conference in Atlantic City. Here is information about NJPN and how they help our recovery community.

NJPN brings professionals together through focused networks supporting a variety of training and prevention programs offered throughout New Jersey. Their networks foster collaboration and leverage resources to enhance environmental strategies and targeted statewide services in the fields of substance abuse prevention, public health, addiction education, and military support. Working together, network professionals implement best service practices and evidenced-based programs across the state, helping build New Jersey’s capacity to create stronger, healthier communities, families and individuals.

All over the world, individuals, families and communities struggle with the devastating effects of addiction — and the problem is growing. By 2020, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) estimates that mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. The World Economic Forum predicts the global economic impact of mental illness, including substance use disorders, will be $16 trillion over the next 20 years. Drug deaths already outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States. It makes economic and moral sense to focus on prevention.

NJPN was established in 1998 to build capacity, maximize resources and strengthen collaboration among substance abuse prevention professionals.