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  • New Jersey Online Fishing Tournament Encourages Children to Spend Quality Time with their Families

    Posted 7/27/2015

    The summer months are filled with warmer temperatures and plenty of opportunities for families to get outdoors and spend more valuable time together. As an effort to motivate families to spend time with their children to keep them off drugs, The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is holding the first “Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs” Online New Jersey Family Fishing Tournament. The contest will be from August 21 to August 30.

  • Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Contest Announced

    Posted 7/23/2015

    Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament--Over $600 in Cash Prizes!--August 21-August 30 **Go fishing with your family in NJ.** Every time you catch a fish, take a photo of it and enter to win.

  • New Jersey Takes Steps in Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse through Prescription Drug Monitoring

    Posted 7/20/2015

    Governor Chris Christie signed legislation, July 20, 2015, that expands the New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP), an online database that tracks the prescription sale of drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances (CDS). The bill, S-1998, expands existing law by requiring that prescribers and pharmacists register for NJPMP access, and requiring that physicians consult the NJPMP.

  • 17th Annual Legal Issues of a Drug-Free Workplace Member Seminar Emphasizes the Impact of Rx Drug Abuse in an Organization

    Posted 7/15/2015

    SAYREVILLE -- New Jersey businesses and organizations had the opportunity to learn more about the significance of keeping the workplace substance abuse free, today, at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) 17th Annual Legal Issues of a Drug-Free Workplace Member Seminar.

  • Heroin Overdoses Surge According to CDC and Rx Abuse to Blame

    Posted 7/9/2015

    TRENTON – Heroin overdoses are on the rise across the country, and NJ is not immune. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The report found that the strongest risk factor for heroin use is prescription opioid abuse and that the greatest increases in heroin abuse have occurred in groups with historically lower rates of heroin use, including women, people with private insurance and higher incomes.

  • njspotlight.com: NEW JERSEY CRANKS UP ITS EFFORTS TO FIGHT OPIOID ADDICTION, DEATHS

    Posted 7/9/2015

    Opioid addiction is a fast-growing threat both in New Jersey and across the country, with the toll of lives lost and families left bereft climbing daily. In 2014 alone, for example, there were 600 fatal heroin overdoses.

  • usnews.com: Heroin Use Skyrockets in U.S.

    Posted 7/8/2015

    Heroin-related overdose deaths in the U.S. have increased by nearly 300 percent in recent years, and a new report from the federal government shows people who use the drug are not confined to a particular income level or age group.

  • nj.com: N.J. heroin overdose death rate is triple the soaring U.S. rate

    Posted 7/8/2015

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the rate of heroin overdose deaths has nearly tripled since 2010. "Heroin use is increasing rapidly across all demographic groups," said Thomas Friedan, the director of the CDC. "In just a decade, the landscape changed ... Around one in 50 (heroin-users) may die each year from their addiction."

  • cdc.gov: New research reveals the trends and risk factors behind America’s growing heroin epidemic

    Posted 7/7/2015

    Heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. The greatest increases have occurred in groups with historically lower rates of heroin use, including women and people with private insurance and higher incomes. In addition, nearly all people who use heroin also use multiple other substances, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • NJ HOSPITALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERING TO FIGHT DEADLY EPIDEMIC OF OPIATES OVERDOSE

    Posted 7/1/2015

    (FREEHOLD) Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni and Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced a new partnership with all hospitals in their respective counties at a joint press conference Wednesday morning. Barnabas Health-affiliated hospitals, CentraState Medical Center and Meridian Health-affiliated hospitals have each stepped forward in the fight to stem the tide of the overdose epidemic by agreeing to replenish the overdose antidote naloxone for law enforcement officers free of charge.