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  • njtvonline.org: Parental Notification Act Aims to Prevent Opioid Addiction [VIDEO]

    Posted 12/15/2015

    Twenty years ago, the drug company, Purdue Pharma, introduced a prescription opioid it advertised as safe. It was Oxycontin. Opioid prescriptions given to elementary and high school students have been linked to an increased risk in illegal drug use among young adults, and overdose deaths have reached record highs every year for the last 15 years. There’s mounting support for a bill that would require parents be notified of the dangers of opioids before their kids are dosed.

  • nj.com: Welcome to Herointown, N.J.'s 4th largest city

    Posted 12/15/2015

    What would happen if everyone in N.J. addicted to heroin and opioids was sent to live in one place? It would be the state's fourth largest city, boasting a population of at least 128,000.

  • northjersey.com - Harrison: Combating opiate addiction

    Posted 12/7/2015

    THE SCOURGE of opiate addiction has been well-documented on the pages of The Record, and the too-typical pattern of addiction is well-known to many suburban parents throughout the state. A young person, often a teenager, is introduced to prescription opiate painkillers – either because of an injury or recreationally. The high from these painkillers is swift and addictive, and all too often a downward spiral ensues.

  • newsworks.org: Mandate that doctors warn young patients on opiate addiction is sought in N.J.

    Posted 12/6/2015

    Drug-control advocates want New Jersey lawmakers to move on a bill requiring doctors to discuss the risks of addiction before prescribing an opiate-based painkiller to anyone under 18.

  • njspotlight.com: Key Assemblyman Resists Mandated Doctor-Patient Talks About Opioid Dangers

    Posted 12/4/2015

    A senior state legislator who exerts great influence on healthcare issues is being accused by drug-treatment advocates of causing a bottleneck that’s blocking a bill that requires informing patients of the risks of opioid addiction.

  • wbgo.org: Advocates Push for Action on Bill to Prevent Addiction

    Posted 12/4/2015

    Drug-control advocates want New Jersey lawmakers to move on a bill requiring doctors to discuss the risks of addiction before prescribing an opiate-based painkiller to anyone under 18.

  • NJ Families and National Experts Call on Assembly Health Committee Chairman Herb Conaway to Act Now to Give Parents the Information Needed to Prevent Addiction

    Posted 12/3/2015

    Trenton, NJ: Today, New Jersey families impacted by opiate addiction and experts in the field spoke at a statehouse media conference organized by Prevent Opiate Abuse. The group called on Assembly Health Committee Chairman Herb Conaway (D-7) to put bill A-4760, the Parent Notification Act, on the agenda for the scheduled December 10 committee hearing. They also called for a speedy up or down vote for the bill on the Assembly floor.

  • nbcnewyork.com- I-Team: Deadly K2 Drug Hits Local Teens Hard

    Posted 12/2/2015

    Some may call it synthetic marijuana, but this new chemical concoction sweeping the nation is more potent than the drug it is named for, often causing hallucinations, rapid heartbeats and seizures. It can also be deadly.

  • nj1015.com: Teens and drugs: NJ ranks among highest in fatal overdoses

    Posted 12/1/2015

    The Trust for America’s Health lists New Jersey as a disturbing sixth-highest in the nation when it comes to fatal youth drug overdoses. The report, called “Reducing Teen Substance Misuse: What Really works,” indicates that overdose rates the Garden State were highest among young males.

  • patch.com: Monmouth County Towns With the Most Heroin

    Posted 12/1/2015

    Ocean County leads the state with the most admissions for heroin treatment in 2014, followed by Essex County. Unfortunately, Monmouth County was right behind, ranking third in the state for people needing heroin treatment, according to data from the state Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.