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Do you know what meds your child was prescribed?

If your son or daughter has suffered a serious injury, do you know what kind of pain medication they were given? If you don't it turns out you're not alone.

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Turning the tide of prescription drug abuse

Even with a steady stream of publicity about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, the epidemic continues to spiral out of control in New Jersey.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, talks with New Hope Baptist Church pastor Joe Carter during a summit talking about drug addiction, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The summit, called "The Many Faces of Addiction: Ending The Stigma," focused on the wide-ranging effects of drug addiction. Christie has labeled the so-called "war on drugs" a failure. He has called for people to put aside politics and have a frank conversation about drug addiction and incarceration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, talks with New Hope Baptist Church pastor Joe Carter during a summit talking about drug addiction, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The summit, called "The Many Faces of Addiction: Ending The Stigma," focused on the wide-ranging effects of drug addiction. Christie has labeled the so-called "war on drugs" a failure. He has called for people to put aside politics and have a frank conversation about drug addiction and incarceration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Christie gives personal story at addiction summit

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie got personal at a summit on addiction on Tuesday, highlighting the disease's disregard for race, class and education distinctions with a story about a law school classmate who had a family and successful career but became addicted to alcohol and painkillers and died recently.

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Legislation would create NJ task force to tackle drug abuse

Legislation to create a task force to tackle New Jersey's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse is being pushed in Trenton.​

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21 bills targeting drug abuse unveiled by NJ lawmakers

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.

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Survey: Parents can do more to stop drug abuse

A new survey suggests New Jersey parents see a link between the abuse of prescription drugs and heroin, but most don't realize the problem can start in their own homes.

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Indictment: Doctor improperly wrote prescriptions

A southern New Jersey doctor has been indicted on charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs.

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Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise [AUDIO]

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.

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Addiction Battle Targets Docs, Pharmacies [AUDIO]

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.

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Elderly Hooked on Prescription Pills [AUDIO]

"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.

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