Opioid Diversion Program (ODP)

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office created the Opioid Diversion Program (ODP) in January 2020 to combat the opioid epidemic in Monmouth County. This prosecutor-led program is funded by the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General’s NJ CARES Operation Helping Hands grant.

The ODP is designed for non-violent persons suffering from an opioid use disorder. In lieu of traditional prosecution, offenders with low level possession charges in the pre-Grand Jury stage will be offered treatment. Should a participant remain arrest-free and successfully complete treatment, their charges will be dismissed and any corresponding motor vehicle tickets will be remanded to municipal court.

To find out more details about ODP and our community partners, please view our press release: https://mcponj.org/2020/05/12/opioid-use-helpline-diversion-program-serving-county-now/

Attorneys who believe their client may qualify for ODP should email Assistant Prosecutor Lindsay Ashwal at lashwal@mcponj.org for consideration. Acceptance into ODP is at the sole discretion of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has also partnered with community leaders to create a video series called “Candid Conversations about Addiction.” The videos are intended to provide a general overview of substance use disorders and recovery. Topics will include:

  • Substance Use Treatment Options
  • The Role of Peer Recovery Specialists

To learn more about recent efforts of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office to help destigmatize addiction and raise community awareness on overdoses, please see the links and videos below: