• Families Challenged to Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse Across US

    Posted 10/28/2014

    ORLANDO --- The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) --- a national public health initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and encourage safe storage and disposal will be highlighted as a best practice at the 2014 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Orlando this month.


    Posted 10/23/2014

    The number of deaths from drug overdoses now tops motor-vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey.

  • Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities presents Drug Trends Conference

    Posted 10/17/2014

    The Coalition for Healthy and Safe Communities, a program of the Family Guidance Center of Warren County, is sponsoring a special Conference on Drug Trends, in collaboration with Warren County Prosecutor Richard T. Burke. The conference, titled “The Science of Addiction: Removing the Stigma,” takes place at Centenary College Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • PDFNJ, DEA - NJ to Host Free Webinar Detailing New DEA Regulations

    Posted 10/16/2014

    MILLBURN - The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration - New Jersey Division will be hosting a webinar on October 22nd at 11:30am to explain The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act.

  • When Rx drugs turn into candy, NJ's health experts worry

    Posted 10/11/2014

    Doctors wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s enough for every adult in the county to have their own bottle

  • Medical community seeks ways to battle addiction

    Posted 10/7/2014

    Medical professionals and law enforcement officials acknowledged a correlation between an increase in the prescription of opioid painkillers and the upward trends in statewide heroin use and addiction at the “Do No Harm” symposium at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

  • Painkiller Addiction: An ‘Equal Opportunity Destroyer’

    Posted 10/3/2014

    Opioid painkiller addiction rates in the U.S. have risen to epidemic proportions since their widespread adoption two decades ago.

  • More Older Adults Are Struggling With Substance Abuse

    Posted 10/3/2014

    An estimated 2.5 million older adults in the United States meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, and this number is expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, according to a report in The Health & Social Work journal. In 2008, 231,200 people over 50 sought treatment for substance abuse, up from 102,700 in 1992, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency.

  • NJ Parents Concerned About Rx Drugs Their Child is Prescribed, Want Information and Alternatives

    Posted 10/3/2014

    MILLBURN -- NJ parents want more information when their child is prescribed opioids, according to a PDFNJ report released today. The study, conducted by FDU Public Mind Poll, found more than two-thirds of NJ parents would support a law requiring them to be notified if their child’s prescription contained a potentially addictive medication, such as an opiate or amphetamine. Nearly 9 in 10 parents say they would want to be made aware of alternative medications, if one was available.

  • Statewide effort against drug abuse arrives in Middlesex County

    Posted 10/2/2014

    MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Physicians have to be the first line of defense in stemming the epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse sweeping New Jersey and the nation. That was the message given Wednesday by speakers at a symposium at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, the fifth one sponsored statewide this year by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.