During the month of February, the Salem County RESCUE (Recovery, Encouragement, Support, Community, Understanding, and Empowerment) Teams have been proactively combating the Opioid/Addiction Epidemic.
To date, RESCUE Teams have completed seven  RESCUE efforts, which have involved RESCUE Roving Teams, in the areas of Pennsville Township, Penns Grove, Salem City, Woodstown, Elmer, Pittsgrove and Upper Pittsgrove and another RESCUE team have started a post at Cowtown. The RESCUE Teams are multi-disciplinary teams, comprised of an EMT, a Recovery Coach and Law Enforcement Officers.
Through the support of the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office, the Salem County Sheriff’s Office, the Southwest Council, Inc., the Salem County Department of Health, the Salem County EMS Academy, the Pennsville Police Department, the Salem City Police Department, the Penns Grove Police Department, the Carneys Point Police Department and the Woodstown Police Department, RESCUE team members have volunteered to work each of the RESCUE efforts, to complete the efforts to date and to continue efforts through May. Through a much greatly appreciated partnership with Cowtown, a RESCUE team will have their very own booth in the first barn, every Saturday, from 10AM to 2PM.
RESCUE team members have been able to contact approximately two hundred sixty  community members and have provided nearly 100 demonstrations on how to deploy Narcan, throughout February. Through the efforts to date, individuals have registered for more extensive Narcan Training, with the Salem County Health Department, which also provided them with Free Narcan Kits. As a result of the efforts to date, RESCUE teams have been able to place community members into treatment and have been able to distribute over three hundred  Resource Brochures.
RESCUE Teams will continue to rove around Salem County on Tuesday evenings from 5PM-9PM and on Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM, through May.
RESCUE @ Cowtown, will be AT Cowtown every Saturday, through May 11th, from 10AM to 2PM, in the first barn.
Please check the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office Facebook Page or call the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office, to know where the RESCUE Roving team is next. RESCUE welcomes any suggestions as to locations on where the Roving Team can stop during their roving efforts on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. We are mobile so we can set up in parking lots of sporting events (baseball games, softball games, soccer complexes), apartment complexes, community centers, community meetings, neighborhoods, etc.
RESCUE cannot be a success without the team members, partnerships and our community members. We welcome all new partnerships with our RESCUE Team, to continue to improve and expand the ways we can help our Salem County friends, neighbors and family members.
Early MARCH Roving Team Locations:
SAT MARCH 2nd – Elmer/Pittsgrove and Upper Pittsgrove – tentatively set to visit: 1000-1200 Napa (Pittsgrove), 1200-1400 Dunkin Donuts/Danny’s Pizza (Upper Pittsgrove – Rt. 40 and Rt. 77
TUES MARCH 5th and SAT MARCH 9th: Carneys Point
TUES MARCH 12th and SAT MARCH 16th: Woodstown/Pilesgrove