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  • Middletown event focuses on drug prevention

    Posted 6/8/2017

    MIDDLETOWN — Assembling a panel of experts to help inform residents about prescription drug and heroin addiction, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey invited locals to its “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall” series.

  • Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

    Posted 6/8/2017

    New data compiled from hundreds of health agencies reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year.

  • Former Gov. James Florio to Be Honored with Drugs Don’t Work in NJ! Founder’s Award at Annual Seminar

    Posted 6/5/2017

    Former Governor James J. Florio will be presented the Drugs Don’t Work in NJ! Founder’s Award at the 20th Annual Legal Issues of a Drug-Free Workplace Statewide Seminar, hosted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey through its Drugs Don’t Work in NJ! program.

  • Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, Horizon team up to seek solutions to the opioid crisis

    Posted 6/4/2017

    They walk into the large auditorium from every walk of life. The seats are filled with parents who have lost children due to opioid abuse; parents, grandparents and concerned community members seeking information on the links between prescribed opioids and heroin abuse to help protect their children; widows and widowers who have lost husbands and wives to addiction; members of the medical community seeking to share information with families on alternatives to prescribed opioids in addressing sports injuries and other acute pain; community professionals and volunteers who try to connect the addicted to treatment services; county prosecutors and local law enforcement officers working to take illegal and prescription opioids off the streets; lawmakers whose lives have been touched by addiction and who are seeking answers and solutions.

  • New initiative allows people to surrender drugs, get free help

    Posted 6/3/2017

    People struggling with addiction can now give up their drugs without being arrested and get access to free recovery services through a new Union County initiative meant to combat New Jersey's opioid epidemic.

  • Congressional Call For Tri-State Cooperation In Opioid Prescription Monitoring Program

    Posted 6/3/2017

    WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) — There’s a push among three local members of Congress to get their states on board with sharing information on what prescriptions doctors are writing for highly addictive opioids.

  • New drug kits save police dogs from opioid overdoses

    Posted 6/1/2017

    BOSTON (AP) — Police dogs simply follow their noses to sniff out narcotics. But inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans.

  • 'Town Hall' Opioid Abuse Meeting In Paramus Smashes Myths, Offers Hope

    Posted 5/31/2017

    PARAMUS, N.J. -- If you think most heroin users started by choice, you're in for a surprise, speakers at an anti-opioid Town Hall meeting at Bergen Community College in Paramus on Wednesday agreed.

  • Bergen Officials and Professionals Team-Up to Knock Out Opioid Abuse

    Posted 5/31/2017

    PARAMUS - There were no sad stories, only sad statistics at the town hall meeting to address the growing opioid abuse "epidemic" today at Bergen County Community College. "Not a day goes by when we don't feel the impact, see the misuse or how it touches families," Angelo Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, said in his opening remarks of the two-hour seminar. It was the fourth of 17 town hall seminars held in communities statewide about opioid abuse.

  • Town hall in Paramus sheds light on opioid abuse

    Posted 5/31/2017

    Opioid abuse knows no boundaries, and communities need to come together to break down the walls between help and those who need it. Those points were driven home at the Knockout Opioid Abuse town hall held at Bergen Community College in Paramus on Wednesday, when a group of experts took the stage and addressed a room filled with people affected by the epidemic.