SENATE HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND SENIOR CITIZENS COMMITTEE
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION No. 85
with committee amendments
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DATED: JULY 20, 2020
The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Senate Joint Resolution No. 85.
As amended by the committee, this resolution designates August 31 of each year as “Overdose Awareness Day” in New Jersey, and respectfully requests that the Governor annually order flags be flown at half-staff and issue a proclamation calling upon public officials and the citizens of New Jersey to observe the day with appropriate activities and programs.
Substance use disorders, particularly those involving opioid drugs, have resulted in an epidemic of fatal and non-fatal overdoses throughout the State, nation, and world. Individuals with a substance use disorder may experience feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment, depression, and hopelessness, making them reluctant to seek out treatment and support. Overdose Awareness Day is a global annual event that seeks to raise awareness of drug overdoses, reduce the stigma of a drug-related death, and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who died or were permanently injured as a result of a drug overdose.
The committee amendments revise the resolution to replace the term “drug addiction” with “substance use disorder,” update a reference to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and make various changes involving grammar and syntax.