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Author: Shannon Persad

ATSI and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mar 16, 2020
As of right now, the coronavirus, known as Covid-19, is a respiratory illness that is impacting our country and our daily lives. Here at ATSI our top priority is keeping...

Nation’s First Supervised Injection Site Is Underway

Mar 10, 2020
With controversy and legal battles, a non-profit in Philadelphia fought to become the first supervised injection site. According to their website, Safehouse: “Safehouse is a privately funded, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, Pennsylvania...

What are Syringe Services Programs (SSPs)?

Mar 10, 2020
In the wake of the opioid crisis and an increase in overdose deaths, many syringe services programs (SSPs) have emerged. What are syringe services programs? According to the Center for...

Is There a Correlation Between Mood Disorders and Drug Abuse?

Mar 10, 2020
For years, substance abuse has risen, alongside cases of mood disorders, such as bipolar, anxiety, depression, etc. One must wonder, is there a correlation between mood disorders and drug abuse?...

Opioids Prescribed Down 6.5% in New Jersey

Mar 10, 2020
New Jersey’s opioid epidemic is still on the horizon, despite multiple efforts to curb the problem. There was good news recently, where the opioid overdose deaths decreased by 3% in...

What is Narcan, and Why Does it Save Lives?

Mar 6, 2020
The opioid crisis in the U.S. is still ongoing, with opioid abuse at an all-time high. The dangers of opioids are no secret, especially fentanyl, which leads to overdose deaths....

Meth and Fentanyl Abuse Rose in 2019

Mar 6, 2020
America’s war on drugs seems to be divided, as the opioid crisis is the most focused on, but there are many different substances people turn to every day. From cocaine...

Opioid Overdose Death Toll May Be Higher Than Recorded

Mar 6, 2020
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “From 1999-2017, almost 400,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids.” A new report...

New Jersey Naloxone Administrations Down 6%

Mar 6, 2020
Out of the most hard-hit areas in the United States on the opioid crisis, New Jersey has had its fair share of opioid overdoses and overall drug abuse. As a...

The Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids on the Body

Feb 26, 2020
With growing trends comes growing concerns. Marijuana is the second most used substance in the U.S. after alcohol. However, there is an artificial form called synthetic cannabinoids. According to the...
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