A recent report has made a series of four recommendations for ways the state can reduce its rate of recidivism, or a convicted criminal committing another offense after being released from prison, while also cutting costs for corrections.
Penalties for manufacturing or distributing fentanyl in New Jersey would double under a proposal gaining traction after Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday issued an emergency order banning seven knock-off versions of the prescription drug used to treat terminal patients.
Law enforcement, health professionals and addiction specialists from around the country will convene in Minnesota next week to talk about ways to address the growing number of deaths from heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids.
Health officials are strengthening warnings about the potentially fatal consequences of mixing prescription painkillers and sedatives like Xanax, saying the combination can lead to breathing problems, coma and death.