Mayor Henry Denounces Dissemination of False Messages Referencing Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Addiction in Old Bridge Township
It has come to my attention that anonymous phone messages have been placed to Old Bridge Residents over the last week stating that I made ‘critical cuts’ to the Police Department that led to a ‘growing heroin epidemic that is now plaguing our youth.’ These messages are completely false and without merit.
Over the last four years, I have worked closely with the Old Bridge Township Council to increase the total number of police officers working for the Township and to provide a number of additional resources for the community to combat a statewide epidemic of prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction. In partnership with the Old Bridge Police Department, Old Bridge Municipal Alliance and the Old Bridge Board of Education, we have increased our outreach efforts, conducted special presentations for students and parents in the schools and hosted a special public information forum in 2014 for residents and community leaders. We also participated in state and national initiatives such as National Take-Back and the Township has been designated as a permanent collection site for the year-round drop off of unused prescription medications.
The false and careless statements made are hurtful and harmful to the individuals and families in town coping with addiction and the Old Bridge Community as a whole. As Mayor, I call upon the irresponsible parties to immediately cease these baseless scare tactics.
Mayor Owen Henry
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