In the News

  • Clergy become first responders in Opiate Abuse Epidemic

    Posted 9/21/2016

    Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey welcomed attendees to the Faith based Do No Harm Symposium held at the First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge. The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Do No Harm Symposium was geared for faith-based leaders who want to learn more about the opiate epidemic and how they can help prevent the spread and help support families of the addicted.

  • 120 Heroin OD Deaths In 2016 In Ocean County And Toll Will Rise Further, Prosecutor Says

    Posted 9/17/2016

    As the heroin epidemic continues to spiral out of control, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato has a message for everyone: "It's important that people understand you don't wake up one morning and start doing heroin," Coronato said Friday morning. "It starts with prescription pills. It starts in the medicine cabinet."

  • Englewood Municipal Alliance Joins Initiative To 'Knock Out' Opiate Abuse

    Posted 9/16/2016

    ENGLEWOOD, N.J.– Englewood's Municipal Alliance and city officials are participating in the Partnership for a Drug Free N.J.'s Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day.

  • - Getting focused, getting high: NJ sees spike in abuse of this type of drug

    Posted 9/14/2016

    Amid an opioid and heroin epidemic, doctors and drug experts in the state are concerned about a new trend involving the abuse of stimulant medication used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

  • Radio Campaign To Be Launched with NJ Broadcasters Association to Drive Home the Link Between Rx Abuse to Heroin Abuse

    Posted 9/13/2016

    Millburn, NJ – A New Jersey radio Public Service Campaign (PSA) "Before They Prescribe, You Decide" geared at educating parents New Jersey on the link between prescribed prescription pain medicine and heroin abuse and encouraging them to speak to their doctor regarding the addictive qualities of pain medicine and the possible alternatives, will be launched this month by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey with the support of the New Jersey Broadcasters Association.

  • Chasing the Dragon: Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Prevention Training Session

    Posted 9/13/2016

    JERSEY CITY -- A prescription drug abuse and heroin prevention training session was held today at Saint Peter’s University, to educate community stakeholders, local law enforcement, and education officials on the ongoing efforts to educate New Jersey’s youth and young adults about the perils of heroin and prescription drug abuse. The event was coordinated by Paul Fishman the United States Attorney for New Jersey, in conjunction with the Newark FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration-New Jersey, Hudson County Prosecutor’s office, Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, and CarePoint Health Foundation.

  • Two Brothers Get a Fresh Start After Battling Heroin Addiction [VIDEO]

    Posted 9/5/2016

    [VIDEO] - When we first met Denise two years ago, her sons Ben and Ryan, both heroin addicts, were living in their childhood bedrooms — and Denise kept the overdose reversal drug Narcan on her dresser.

  • TurnTheTide: The Surgeon General is calling on us to lead

    Posted 9/4/2016

    Dear Colleague - I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic. Everywhere I travel, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek treatment for addiction. And I will never forget my own patient whose opioid use disorder began with a course of morphine after a routine procedure.

  • The 15 N.J. towns with the highest rates of heroin treatment

    Posted 9/2/2016

    While virtually no part of New Jersey is left untouched by the state's epidemic of heroin use, the highest concentration of people seeking treatment last year came from some of the state's smallest communities.

  • Surgeon general takes unprecedented step amid opioid epidemic

    Posted 8/27/2016

    Opioids cause more than 1,000 emergency room visits and kills 78 people every day. “I think this is one of our greatest public health threats and it’s one that we have to respond to with speed and with urgency,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told “CBS This Morning” Thursday.