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  • New regulations to help curb prescription drug abuse nationwide

    Posted 9/10/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    I am pleased to report that on Monday, the federal government opened up a new front in the struggle against opiate abuse. According to The Washington Post, hospitals, pharmacies, and other medical facilities will be allow to collect unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs.

  • Narcan made available in Ocean County

    Posted 7/9/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    The Narcan program, which was introduced in Monmouth and Ocean County to put the lifesaving antidote in the hands of law enforcement and first responders, has been a great tool against opioid abuse. It has been so successful that Governor Christie plans to expand the program to all 21 New Jersey counties.

  • 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.

  • Parents need to be informed

    Posted 5/7/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    Later tonight, we will be partnering with our friends from The Bridge in West Caldwell to host an important event educating parents about the opioid abuse issue gripping our state. It’s sure to be a great and informative night for families in the area and we are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

  • What is the number one reason for accidental deaths in New Jersey?

    Posted 4/9/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    If you are still having trouble believing that our state is currently dealing with a substance abuse issue at an epidemic level, then consider this article from NJ.com.

  • 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.

  • "It's a time to confront our demons...Our state needs an intervention"

    Posted 3/19/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    “Our state needs an intervention,” says a new report from the governor’s task force on heroin and opioid abuse. These are the stark words from a publication that was released yesterday by the Governors Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

  • 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.

  • What Philip Seymour Hoffman can teach us

    Posted 2/12/2014 by Angelo M. Valente

    A few weeks ago another extremely talented man was taken from us far too early. And once again, addiction is to blame.

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