• Prescription Painkillers: Should Your Teenager Ever Take Them?

    Posted 5/22/2017

    During Luke’s senior year of high school, he got his wisdom teeth removed. His mom, Sandra, was surprised when, on the way out the door, the oral surgeon handed her a prescription for an opioid painkiller. She’d read a lot about the dangers of prescription painkillers and worried aloud about giving them to her son.

  • Even small quantities of opioids prescribed for minor injuries increase risk of long-term use

    Posted 5/22/2017

    Patients who received their first opioid prescription for an ankle sprain treated in U.S. emergency departments commonly received prescriptions for anywhere from 15 to 40 pills, according to new research. Those who received 30 or more pills compared to less than 15 pills were twice as likely to fill an additional opioid prescription within three to six months. The authors say the results point to the urgent need for policies and guidelines to address when opioid medications are indicated for minor injuries and to reduce the number of pills supplied for opioid prescriptions.

  • Ohio Police Officer Accidentally Overdoses on Fentanyl While on the Job

    Posted 5/22/2017

    A police officer in Ohio accidentally overdosed on fentanyl while on the job, NBC News reports. He was recovering, but reportedly “still miserable” several days later.

  • In New Brunswick, Teens Play Concert Against Drug Abuse

    Posted 5/22/2017

    The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey hosted its 13th annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Prevention Concert on Friday, May 19, at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick.

  • Bergen County Teens Win Statewide Substance Abuse Prevention Music Competition

    Posted 5/19/2017

    NEW BRUNSWICK – The musical substance abuse prevention messages of 21 high school students cascaded from the stage at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center on Friday, May 19, at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s 13th Annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Prevention Concert.


    Posted 5/19/2017

    Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the “Heroin Addiction Response Program” (HARP) will now be known as “Blue Hart” (Blue Heroin Addiction Recovery & Treatment) Program. Along with the new name comes the addition of another participating Ocean County police department. After exhaustive preparations, Chief Thomas Dellane has successfully prepared the Stafford Township Police Department to join Brick Township PD and Manchester Township PD in providing critical addiction recovery help.

  • Three Anti-Craving Medication Options for Treating Opioid Dependence

    Posted 5/19/2017

    “I wish that all families would at least consider investigating medication-assisted treatment and reading about what’s out there,” says Alicia Murray, DO, Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist. “I think, unfortunately, there is still stigma about medications. But what we want people to see is that we’re actually changing the functioning of the patient.”

  • Parsippany hosts 'Knockout Opioid Abuse' town hall meeting [VIDEO]

    Posted 5/18/2017

    The goal of the town hall is to help people understand addiction and help protect their families

  • Huge Crowd Attends Opioid Abuse Discussion in Morristown

    Posted 5/18/2017

    MORRISTOWN, NJ —The Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall meeting drew a capacity crowd seeking to learn from a panel of experts and engage in a discussion about the opioid crisis. The event, sponsored the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Community Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Morris, allowed Morris County residents to join the conversation surrounding the opioid epidemic.

  • Students participate in drug prevention contest

    Posted 5/16/2017

    SAYREVILLE – Fourth grade students from across the state have been recognized for helping promote drug prevention. Thirty finalists were selected from more than 7,000 students who participated in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Fourth Grade Folder Contest, which saw the students design posters with a drug prevention message. The finalists were recognized at an award ceremony held on May 3 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.