Southern NJ MAT
Center of Excellence
Expanding care & promoting excellence
Ending stigma & saving lives
The Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence (SNJMATCOE) offers education, mentoring, collaboration, & networking across the nine southern counties of the state:
Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean, & Salem.
We are also deeply committed to expanding MAT access & services at our academic centers in Southern New Jersey: Cooper University Health Care & Rowan University.
Our MISSION is to increase statewide capacity to provide standard of care treatment for patients with substance use disorders through mentoring & education;
building working collaborations within the community;
& conducting research & developing novel &
innovative models of service delivery.
Our VISION is to end the stigma of addiction & ensure
that all people with substance use disorders have access
to high-quality, evidence-based care so they may live
full & satisfied lives.
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Free Mail-Order Emergency Naloxone in NJ
877-4NARCAN or (877) 462-7226 to request naloxone, or also request online through nextdistro.org/newjersey
Naloxone Distribution & Training Programs Guide
available in both interactive & print formats at:
This comprehensive county-by-county guide for
health care professional reference & patient education
includes pharmacies who dispense NARCAN®
(naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray & the recent
FDA-approved generic naloxone hydrochloride
nasal spray (utilizing standing orders, & via prescription).
This guide was a special research project initially
developed in Spring 2020, with gratitude to our
dedicated team of content & subject matter experts,
interns, medical students, & peer specialists
who supported research design & data collection.
Neurobiology of Addiction
An addiction or a use disorder is a brain disease that occurs after repeat exposure to substances or activities that result in reward (positive) & withdrawal (negative) cycles.
When a brain is exposed to these cycles over and over, the end result is change in the brain structure & connections that can change behavior. People often experience impulse control, or the inability to stop a behavior such as using a substance.
Over time, using substances or engaging in the addictive behavior often doesn't even feel pleasurable anymore, but people with
use disorders have a compulsion to continue to use as if it is survival, & an inability to stop or assess risk.
This can be detrimental to relationships, productivity, & engaging in normal life activities. It can result in severe emotional & physical distress.
The good news is that for some addictions, like opioid use disorder, we have medications that can help stop this cycle & stabilize the brain. Research clearly demonstrates that these medications save lives (decrease mortality) & help people live longer,
more productive, & satisfying lives.
Image: Koob, G. F., & Volkow, N. D. (2016).
Neurobiology of addiction: a neurocircuitry analysis.
The Lancet Psychiatry, 3(8), 760-773.
Year Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence Established
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Patients started on bupe in the Cooper ED
Clinical Mentoring, Trainings, & Prescriber Education Resources
Please email our clinical mentoring project contact Patricia Fortunato to learn more about mentorship opportunities with the Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence.
Please find registration links for ongoing & upcoming didactic & asynchronous trainings, & continuing medical education opportunities.
Please find prescriber education resources for managing patients with substance use disorders in office-based addiction treatment, hospital-based, & emergency medicine & urgent care settings.
NJ MAT Centers of Excellence Emergency Department Addiction Pathways (NJMATCOE EDAP) was developed by Rachel Haroz, MD, FAACT,
Community Partnership Director, Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence &
Patricia Fortunato, Content Manager, Southern NJ MAT Center of Excellence.
Download the materials for practice implementation & please contact
the team (emails linked above) with questions &/or feedback.
This comprehensive reference tool was developed for peer specialists,
patient navigators, & all communities of practice.
View the tool & download resources within: bit.ly/snjmatcoerecovery21pres
We have multiple clinical locations throughout Southern New Jersey.
Check out the map above to find a location close to you.
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Other Helpful NJ Numbers
NJ MAT Centers of Excellence Provider Hotline Number (call or text):
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