After more than a year of behind-the-scenes work, State Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Woodbrige) is scheduled to unveil a 21-bill package Wednesday aimed at addressing New Jersey's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem.
With prescription drug abuse continuing to get worse in the Garden state, the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey will hold a series of 3 Do No Harm Symposiums next week, in Morristown, Toms River and Camden.
In their fight against prescription drug abuse, New Jersey officials can't only focus on the addicts, but also the professionals who end up putting the narcotics in the hands of people who don't really need them.
"Addiction Does Not Discriminate" is the slogan for New Jersey's latest campaign against the opiate abuse epidemic, sending the message that no one is immune to this deadly drug problem - not even the state's senior citizens.
As prescription drug abuse and heroin use continue to shoot through the roof, the New Jersey Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is out with a series of recommendations about how to address the problems.
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds most people who abuse prescription painkillers are getting them for free from friends and relatives, not rogue doctors or the black market.
With the problem of prescription painkiller abuse continuing to get worse, New Jersey officials are adding new high-tech safeguards to prescription blanks used by doctors, so they can't be copied or forged.
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