JERSEY CITY, N.J. — During his State of the County Address on Wednesday night, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise announced he will sign an Executive Order this month to create a Substance Abuse Task Force. This public-private partnership will help find ways to reduce the number of overdose deaths and pool resources to help curb the opioid epidemic plaguing the nation.
Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari will be a member of the Substance Abuse Task Force. Sheriff Schillari is issuing the following statement on Wednesday night’s announcement:
“The opioid epidemic is a public safety crisis that is destroying the lives of millions of vulnerable individuals and devastating countless families each year,” said Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari. “Drug abuse does not discriminate and it is taking its toll on Hudson County and our nation. I am proud to be named to the Hudson County Substance Abuse Task Force on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office to help our communities put an end to this epidemic and support those battling addiction while on the road to recovery. I want to thank County Executive DeGise for his commitment to taking concrete steps to address this crisis and I look forward to working with his team on this critical issue.”