Heroin Epidemic Awareness Hits the Airwaves

Join us at various locations throughout the area to help raise heroin addiction awareness! We're accepting donations with stationary bikes set up at each location. Each mile ridden equals one dollar for local charities benefiting families afflicted by New Jersey's tragic heroin epidemic.
Joe Horrocks joins others to raise awareness about New Jersey's heroin epidemic.
Joe Horrocks (center) joins local residents to help raise awareness
about New Jersey's heroin epidemic.

Helping people to overcome the severity of heroin and opiate addiction doesn't have to be heavy. This week, we've joined forces with Radio 107.1 FM to spread the word; and the word is, we're here to help.

All this week, Sunrise Detox has been on-site at locations throughout the area supporting the Porkroll & Eggs morning show as they broadcast non-stop for 107 hours to shed light on the heroin epidemic effecting our communities. It's a problem that not only affects New Jersey -- heroin and opiate addiction is skyrocketing nationwide.

Sunrise Detox staff has been on-hand to answer questions about addiction treatment and provide guidance to friends and families in need of help. Lots of folks have already come down; it seems nearly everyone knows someone who is dealing with this problem. This is turning out to be a really cool event being put on by Radio 107.1, and we're all happy to be helping out.

Stop by the Ocean County Mall, Monmouth Mall, or Freehold Raceway Mall and join us as we help to raise both money and awareness for a tragic problem that has taken far too many lives; 23 in Ocean County this year alone. My friends and I will be on-site, helping to answer questions about addiction and treatment.

Ricky Byrd joins Joe Horrocks to help raise awareness about New Jersey's heroin epidemic.
Joe Horrocks with Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts,
Aerosmith) to help raise heroin addiction awareness. Every
little step helps to save lives.

We are proud to provide our support to families and loved ones concerned about those they know who are caught in the grips of this terrible affliction -- and you can help. Whether it's to speak to a Sunrise Detox counselor or help raise money for local charities, every small step helps.

We're sponsoring give-aways and providing resources to help combat heroin addiction in our state -- 10% of all heroin addicts live in New Jersey, making this an especially important event. On Thursday evening at 7pm, each location will be releasing 244 balloons accounting for overdose deaths in Monmouth and Ocean County last year. 

So come on down, hop on a stationary bike to help raise donations, or merely hang out to show your support. Furthering the conversation helps to reduce the stigma associated with the disease of addiction, and what better way to get the word out there than broadcasting it live? If just one person is helped by our combined efforts, then it will have all been worthwhile.

by Sunrise Detox Toms River on May 20, 2014, 12:06 p.m.