• Spreading the word about addiction, treatment at the street level in New Jersey

    Posted 10/13/2017

    Bob Chew used to lock up drug addicts. But on Friday, the former Camden police sergeant was walking the streets, hoping to get them help. “Could you maybe help spread the message for us?” he said to one man walking along Broadway in Gloucester City, a 2-square-mile town just below Camden. Chew was taking part in Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, a statewide event organized by the nonprofit Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.

  • Students, volunteers spend weekend on opioid-fighting mission in Bordentown

    Posted 10/13/2017

    In the school district, Neil Geiger, the Bordentown Regional School District's student assistance counselor, had his students collect and display 147 pairs of shoes, meant to signify the lives lost to opioid overdoses in Burlington County in 2016.

  • Freedom House supports "Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day" at Flemington ShopRite

    Posted 10/13/2017

    On Oct. 6, 2017 at the ShopRite in Flemington Freedom House residents were handing out information hangers in an effort to raise awareness on opioid abuse. This effort was in support of Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day.

  • Morristown Declared October 6th “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day”

    Posted 10/13/2017

    MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY -- On Friday, October 6, The Town of Morristown and Atlantic Health Systems Morristown Medical Center partnered to participate in the second annual Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day in New Jersey. The statewide, single-day initiative mobilizes the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders and concerned citizens to raise awareness about the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates.

  • Downbeach towns team up vs. opioid addiction

    Posted 10/13/2017

    A Ventnor woman who has been directly exposed to addiction and recovery is sick of hearing about the opioid and heroin epidemic. “It’s time to act,” Paula Maccagnano said. “Instead of creating awareness, it’s time to take an aggressive approach to combat the problem.”

  • Cops, social agencies work to stop drug abuse before it starts

    Posted 10/13/2017

    MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Local police, representatives of Cape Assist and officers with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office recognized the national Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day last week by reminding area residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of unwanted or used medications.

  • Livingston Community Participates in “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day”

    Posted 10/13/2017

    LIVINGSTON, NJ — To help raise awareness of the dangers of opioids and addiction in partnership with the Livingston Health Department and Livingston Municipal Alliance Committee (LMAC), the Livingston Police Department participated in the statewide “Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day” on Friday.

  • Somerset County Experts, Residents Focus on Opioid Epidemic at Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall

    Posted 10/11/2017

    BERNARDSVILLE — Residents of Somerset County gathered at Bernards High School on Tuesday night to not only learn from experts but also to share their own knowledge and concerns about the opioid epidemic ravaging New Jersey at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall.

  • Inside law enforcement's fight against the opioid crisis in Hudson County

    Posted 10/10/2017

    Hoboken Police Officer Steve Albert expected to find a person shouting in the middle of the street when he responded to a disorderly persons call on Aug. 29. Instead he found a man lying on his back, unresponsive near Jackson and First streets.

  • How a generation of young athletes became addicted to heroin

    Posted 10/10/2017

    On Aug. 2, Lee’s father and stepmother found him on the floor of their basement. He hadn’t responded when they called him for dinner, so they went searching for their son. The 31-year-old’s skin was blue and he had no pulse. “I gave him CPR until the paramedics got there. He got a shot of Narcan that revived him,” recalls his father, Bob. “We had the scare of a lifetime.”