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NJ lawmaker wants health insurers to cover abuse-deterrent opioids

New Jersey is in the throes of an opioid abuse epidemic said state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Woodbridge). There are abuse-deterrent opioids on the market, but health insurers in the Garden State are not required to cover them. Legislation (S-3036) sponsored by Vitale would change that.

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Program addresses substance abuse among NJ student athletes

Eleven percent of high school athletes reported using prescribed pain medication just to get high by the time they were seniors and 75 percent of parents allow youth to manage their own medications, according to the findings of a recent study by the University of Michigan.

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Christie debates drug treatment vs. jail time

Currently in New Jersey, if you're a first-time, non-violent drug offender, you're sent to treatment instead of prison. On our Ask the Governor program Tuesday night, responding to a caller, Gov. Chris Christie put his full support behind the current statute.

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Obama administration sets stage for a debate on drug costs

The Obama administration set the stage Friday for a national debate on the rising cost of prescription drugs, a pressing issue for voters but one that's unlikely to see quick solutions under a lame-duck president facing an opposition Congress.

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Christie signs measure to allow sale of biosimilar drugs

New Jersey cancer patients will be able to receive the first biosimilar drug available in the United States after Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation this week legalizing the use of the discounted versions of some of the world's most expensive drugs.

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Obama to announce plans to fight heroin use

President Barack Obama will take steps to improve doctor training and ease access to drug treatment as part of an effort to help communities battling the scourge of heroin and prescription painkiller abuse.

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Looking to Narcan as a life-saver? Here’s what it won’t do

Narcan can save lives. But heroin addicts and loved ones misinformed about its use and potential could be in danger.

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Study finds peak months for college students’ 1st drug use

Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific types of drugs for the first time during certain times of year.

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Drug addiction: What are the signs?

As New Jersey continues to see a high rate of heroin-related deaths among young people, many parents seem to be ignorant of the epidemic, or perhaps in complete denial about their own child's drug use.

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NJ’s heroin epidemic is ‘spiraling out of control’

Last year there were 781 heroin-related deaths in the Garden State, and the scourge shows no sign of letting up.

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