• Bergen Officials and Professionals Team-Up to Knock Out Opioid Abuse

    Posted 5/31/2017

    PARAMUS - There were no sad stories, only sad statistics at the town hall meeting to address the growing opioid abuse "epidemic" today at Bergen County Community College. "Not a day goes by when we don't feel the impact, see the misuse or how it touches families," Angelo Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, said in his opening remarks of the two-hour seminar. It was the fourth of 17 town hall seminars held in communities statewide about opioid abuse.

  • Town hall in Paramus sheds light on opioid abuse

    Posted 5/31/2017

    Opioid abuse knows no boundaries, and communities need to come together to break down the walls between help and those who need it. Those points were driven home at the Knockout Opioid Abuse town hall held at Bergen Community College in Paramus on Wednesday, when a group of experts took the stage and addressed a room filled with people affected by the epidemic.

  • - Our view: In evolving fight against opioid crisis, victims must hear they can win

    Posted 5/30/2017

    State and federal governments are now dedicated to beating the opioid epidemic gripping the nation, deploying substantial new treatment services, law-enforcement enhancements and effective coordination of efforts.

  • Should we make Big Pharma pay for drug take-back programs?

    Posted 5/25/2017

    Now, a shift has emerged in those take-back efforts. A movement is gaining momentum across the country to have pharmaceutical companies pick up the tab for the programs, seen as a key to closing off an on ramp to addiction and abuse.

  • Some Drug Users Turning To NJ Police For Help With Opioid Problem

    Posted 5/25/2017

    Drug users desperate to kick the habit are now turning to some New Jersey police departments for help.

  • Naloxone Won’t Rescue Us From The Opioid Epidemic, But It’s A Start

    Posted 5/25/2017

    The death rate from drug overdoses in the U.S. more than doubled from 1999 to 2015 and increased for every age group, according to a February report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Why I Share My Story as a Father of Sons in Recovery

    Posted 5/25/2017

    Paul Kusiak is a father of two sons in recovery and one of our most dedicated Parent Coaches. He graciously agreed to share his personal story in our new public service announcement (PSA) campaign Families Can Heal and shares his experience below. We are grateful to Paul and his family for their bravery, their willingness to share their story and their tireless dedication to helping other families.

  • Next tool in NJ’s opioid overdose fight could be tracking EMS data

    Posted 5/25/2017

    New Jersey may finally start requiring EMS providers and dispatch centers to report details of each encounter with a patient, so state health officials can track, analyze and improve response to medical emergencies in New Jersey.

  • 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.