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  • Report: Rising number of "drugged drivers" on the roads

    Posted 7/2/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that larger number people are “driving drugged”, meaning they are operating motor vehicles under the influence of prescription drugs. According to this recent post in the Join Together blog, drivers aged 50 and up are involved in prescription drug related traffic accidents.

  • Narcan saving lives in Ocean County

    Posted 5/14/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    If there any doubters out there that Narcan is a vital lifesaving tool for our first responders in ending the opioid epidemic gripping our state, then please consider this recent article from ABC 7. Thanks to Ocean and Monmouth Countys’ new pilot program, allowing for police officers and EMS personnel to carry Narcan, an antidote designed to reverse the effects of heroin overdose, 6 lives have already been saved this year.

  • A 5 Minute Message that Every Parent Must Read

    Posted 4/2/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The rising number of overdose deaths in Bergen County made news last week but all too often we only see numbers instead of the people they represent. On March 21, Linda Lajterman posted this moving letter to her Facebook account in response to her son's passing.

  • Last year was devastating...this year could be worse.

    Posted 3/5/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    We talked a lot last year about the amount of overdose deaths in Ocean County 112 in 2013 . As a result, a massive spotlight has been shown on the issue, revealing heroin as a drug that no longer just exists in inner cities.

  • Justin Bieber is doing it...Lil' Wayne did it too. Are your kids also doing it?

    Posted 2/5/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    I don’t like to make a habit out of kicking people while they’re down but there’s more Justin Bieber news going around that parents should know about. The New York Daily News is reporting rumors that Bieber’s inner circle is urging him to go into treatment for an addiction to a disturbing new drug trend making its way around the party scene: sizzurp.

  • Justin Bieber and your kids

    Posted 1/29/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    In case you missed it, Justin Bieber is in hot water. Speculations about the singer’s troubles have been reported ad nauseum in the past few weeks.

  • Step 4 of 5: Take your medicine as prescribed & don't share

    Posted 11/27/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    Tomorrow, as families throughout the country gather to share a meal of Thanksgiving, it is very appropriate that today’s blog be dedicated to Step 4 of the American Medicine Chest Challenge 5 Steps, which is to take your medicine as prescribed and don’t share your medicine with others. There are three main reasons why sharing prescriptions could be problematic.

  • Step 1 of 5: Take Inventory

    Posted 11/6/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    The American Medicine Chest Challenge’s National Day of Awareness is this Saturday, November 9. Communities all over the United States will be disposing of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications in an effort to stop prescription drug abuse once and for all.

  • "The Situation's" Situation

    Posted 9/11/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, of Jersey Shore fame, opened up about his battle with prescription drug addiction. During his stint on Dancing with the Stars, Sorrentino suffered an injury for which he was prescribed a medication.

  • Cory Monteith and the growing heroin epidemic

    Posted 7/24/2013 by Angelo M. Valente

    We were all shocked by the unfortunate and untimely passing of the very talented Cory Monteith last week. It is always extremely sad to hear of a young life being extinguished too soon, especially when it could have been prevented.

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