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How Do I Tell if a Men’s Drug Rehab Program Is Any Good?

In 2020, 40 million people had a substance use disorder. Accepting you have a substance use disorder is a courageous step, and then you can get the help you need. But what is the best Men's Drug Rehab Program in NJ? A drug rehab or alcohol rehab program offers...

Live an Addiction-Free Life with Alcohol Addiction Treatment in NJ

One only needs to think about the internet, health care systems, entertainment, and infrastructures, to realize that the conveniences of modern civilization undoubtedly have their advantages. However, besides the ever-increasing demand for innovation and high output,...

Doing Away with the Stigma of Substance Use Disorders

According to U.S. drug czar, Gil Kerlikowske, the war on drugs is off. The Administration is taking a new approach to drug and alcohol use disorders, one that focuses less on criminalizing those suffering from substance use disorder, and more on helping them....

Heroin Abuse Is a Major Problem In New Jersey

The recent death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has once again made many people more aware of the dangers of heroin abuse. Last month, the renowned actor died in his apartment from an accidental heroin overdose, sending shockwaves across the country. But even with the...

Heroin & Fentanyl, A Deadly Combo

Over the past few months, a dangerous combination of Fentanyl-laced heroin has led to at least nine deaths or hospitalizations in New Jersey, and the trend seems to be increasing. Fentanyl is a synthetic form of morphine used by doctors to treat seriously ill...

Philadelphia Has An Awesome Prescription Prevention Program

Philadelphia was recently recognized for working toward prescription drug abuse prevention among teens. The city’s drug prevention program was acknowledged this month at a U.S. Conference of Mayors, held in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together more than...

The Tale of Justin Bieber, In-flight Marijuana and New Jersey

Earlier this month, 19-year-old music megastar Justin Bieber admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol on his flight to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport—and so we begin this bizarre airborne tale. According to the NY Daily News, the flight captain continuously...

Admitting to Alcoholism: Elizabeth Vargas Speaks Out

Elizabeth Vargas made headlines last fall when she checked herself into an alcohol rehab facility and recently went public with her longtime struggle with alcoholism. The “20/20” news anchor is now back on television, is happier and healthier than ever, and speaking...

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Cause Controversy!

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 Americans die from prescription painkiller overdose every day. Painkillers now kill more people than cocaine and heroin combined. Most states are now turning to prescription drug monitoring programs...

The Reasons Behind Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse has exploded in recent years. More people today die from prescription drug overdose than from motor vehicle accidents, and more than heroin and cocaine overdoses combined. Surprisingly, prescription drug abuse, or prescription opioid abuse, has...

Teen’s DUI Puts Spotlight On Alcohol Abuse In New Jersey

Earlier this year, a 17-year-old male student in Bernards Township, New Jersey was arrested for driving under the influence on his way to school. Police said his blood alcohol content was .27 percent, which is more than three times higher than the legal limit for...

Just How Effective Is School Drug Testing?

Drug testing has become a hot button issue among school districts, businesses and households across the country. A number of schools in the Atlantic City area have started conducting random drug tests on students. According to the Mainland Regional High School...

Get the Facts: Drug Treatment & the Affordable Care Act

For the past few years, the Affordable Care Act has been source of hope for many Americans suffering with mental illness and/or addiction disorders. The Mental Health Parity Act was designed to make healthcare equal for physical and mental illnesses alike. However,...

Should Drug Dealers See Longer Prison Sentences?

It’s a longstanding debate: While many believe stricter laws and more serious sentences would help deter people from abusing drugs, others believe addicted individuals will simply return to destructive habits without proper treatment. No sentence can keep these...

New Jersey’s Heroin Problem Rages On

This week, a New Jersey dad dropped off his two-year-old son at daycare. Later that day, a daycare employee found 48 packets of heroin inside the child’s jacket. The father has been charged with child endangerment and is being held on $85,000 bail. [1] This horrible...

Attorney General Addresses Heroin Epidemic

Attorney General Eric Holder recently spoke about America’s heroin epidemic, as well as what can be done to prevent fatal overdoses. Holder’s video, posted on the Justice Department’s website, noted that between 2006 and 2010, heroin overdose deaths increased by 45...

Driving While Under the Influence… Of Marijuana

With its recent legalization of marijuana, is now legal for individuals in Colorado who are over the age of 21 to use marijuana recreationally. The state has released public service campaigns, however, that remind residents it is still illegal and very dangerous to...

The Silent Disease of Alcoholism

Alcoholism can be a sneaky disease. Even though there are warning signs of alcohol addiction, many individuals still don’t believe this disease can possibly happen to them. In fact, alcoholism is often considered a silent disease because so many families struggle with...

The Myths Behind the Disease of Addiction

Did you know? More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from substance addiction—and tragically, only about 10 percent of those people receive treatment. [1] Shame, embarrassment, guilt and pride are very powerful. These feelings are the common...

Drastic, Tragic Increase In Drug-Dependent Babies

Imagine being addicted to a substance without ever even using it, and never having a say in the matter. Tragically, so many innocent victims of drug abuse are babies of addicted mothers, born addicted to the drugs themselves. Most women know that using drugs or...

New Jersey Needs a Drug Intervention!

Last week, a panel of New Jersey state officials released a report outlining ways to curb the state’s rampant heroin and prescription drug abuse. The 16-member panel of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, which includes medical...

6 New Jersey Counties Struggling With Drug Abuse

Heroin has become a frightening epidemic across the state of New Jersey. A drug with a mighty powerful addictive force, even the most unlikely, quaint Garden State communities are now experiencing a steep increase in heroin use. The Westfield Patch has compiled a list...

New Jersey’s Needle Exchange Program

One of the many dark consequences of heroin addiction is the transmission of deadly diseases through the use of dirty needles. New Jersey communities have been ravaged by heroin and are now trying to reduce the spread of disease with the implementation of...

The Love Hormone & Addiction

Why are some people more prone to addiction than others? For decades, scientists have been trying to answer this question—and recently, researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia made a connection between the hormone oxytocin and drug addiction....

April Is Alcohol Awareness Month! Go Alcohol-Free This Weekend

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and dedicated to educating and preventing alcohol abuse among the American masses. Now in its 28th year, this year’s theme is “Help for today. Hope...

Ocean County New Jersey Authorities Want Overdose Answers

Law enforcement and health authorities in Ocean County, New Jersey are looking to hospitals to provide them with much needed information about drug overdoses in the county. Hospitals seem willing to cooperate, but are saying the information is harder to compile than...

The Link Between Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Behavioral health issues and substance abuse often go hand-in-hand and are referred to as “co-occurring disorders.” Someone who suffers from co-occurring disorders must get the right kind of treatment in order to fully and truly recover  long-term. Researchers have...

The Effects of Parental Substance Abuse

As we know, children are heavily influenced by their parents. Whether adults like to admit it or not, their children are always watching them, looking to them for guidance and learning from them. Parents who abuse drugs and alcohol are setting their children up for...

The Zohydro Controversy

As if America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic wasn’t bad enough, a controversial new drug has been making headlines… and many fear it’s even more powerful than OxyContin. Last month, Zohydro hit the market as an extended-release painkiller with up to five times the...

New Jersey Turns to Dramatic Anti-Drug Ads

New Jersey has struggled with increasing heroin abuse in recent years. In an effort to make it stop, law enforcement, county and state officials, and health organizations have teamed up to find ways to discourage drug abuse. A new ad campaign in Bergen County seeks to...

Take the Alcohol-Free Challenge

Alcoholism is a disease that often catches people off-guard. A person might know they drink more than they should and make goals to drink less, but actually keep drinking more and more. Before long, the person is physically dependent on alcohol. If you are concerned...

Using Alcohol to Treat Alcohol Addiction… Huh?

Earlier this year, a Canadian addiction organization stirred up justifiable controversy with its crack pipe vending machine. For just 25 cents, a crack pipe can be purchased right on the streets of Vancouver in an effort to reduce HIV and other conditions commonly...

Dry Bars = Liquor’s Alternative

In the UK, a string of new businesses in the form of dry bars are putting a new spin on alcohol prevention. Dry bars are finding success serving a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, or “mocktails,” which are popular alcoholic recipes, sans alcohol. Rather than getting...

Do Hangovers Affect Drinking Behavior?

While most people associate binge drinking with college students, it’s something all ages and backgrounds do. Often associated with alcoholism, binge drinking is, at the very least, a common precursor to developing the disease. According to the NIH, binge drinking is...

The Connection Between Child Abuse and Alcoholism

It’s Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to celebrate sobriety and drinking responsibly, and to encourage treatment for anyone unable to control their drinking. A new study illustrates the negative impact of alcoholism, specifically between alcoholic parents and their...

George W. Bush Wants to Drop the “D” In PTSD

Former President George W. Bush is calling on the medical community to drop the “D” from “PTSD.” According to the Marine Corps Times, Bush joins retired Army Gen. Pete Chiarelli and veterans’ groups who are in favor of dubbing PTSD an injury rather than a...

Managing Prescriptions Can Help End Opioid Addiction

Over the past several years, New Jersey has been battling high rates of opiate drug abuse. The Garden State is becoming an infamous prescription hotspot, and these powerful drugs often lead users to try heroin. Statistics covering the past 10 years have been grim, but...

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week, Coming Soon!

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is once again planning events for its National Prevention Week (NPW) to be held between May 18-24, 2014. NPW is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action...

Could E-Cigarette Taxes Be the Answer to New Jersey Drug Reform?

In 2010, New Jersey became one of the first states to enact a ban on public use of electronic cigarettes. As part of Jersey’s 2015 budget plan, NJ Governor Chris Christie has proposed an e-cigarette tax—and a state Senate committee recently discussed using the money...

There’s an App for Overcoming Alcoholism

There’s truly an app for everything these days, from money management, dating and apps that can even help you figure out what to make for dinner. And now, there’s a new app with the lofty goal of helping people battling alcoholism stay sober. The app, called A-CHESS,...

Educating Children about Drug Abuse

A poll posted on the New Jersey 101.5 website asked one simple question: Do you think educating children about drug abuse is necessary? The results are surprising, and show the disconnect between parents, kids and drug prevention. 49 percent of respondents said yes,...

Wise Prescription Management is Key to Battling the Opiate Addiction Epidemic

The newest study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies prescription drug abuse as an epidemic in America. It also points to the growing number of physicians prescribing painkillers as one of the main sources of the epidemic. “Many...

Emerging Drug Trends in 2014

Recently the Regional Organized Crime Information Center released a report that we think will be helpful for parents, law enforcement, the medical community and others who need to be educated about drug abuse. It does a great job of covering what is newly emergent...

How to Stop Enabling

To enable an addict means to make it easy for them to continue in their addiction. When someone enables an addict, they take away the consequences of the addict’s behavior, allowing the person to continue using without incentive to stop. Enabling can be very...

New Jersey Taking Steps to Fight Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

Three new bills were signed into law in New Jersey this week that are designed to curb the heroin epidemic in the state. The bills include: expanding New Jersey’s Overdose Prevention Act, acquiring detailed reports on the performance of treatment providers, and...

Current New Jersey Addiction Statistics

Opiate abuse is a public health crisis that is hitting New Jersey at full force. The state has struggled for several years with increasing rates of opiate abuse, both in the form of prescription painkillers and now also heroin. A task force has been set up that has...

Drug Sweeps at New Jersey Schools

In this day and age, students can expect to experience certain things at school, such as standardized testing, emergency preparedness drills, and now drug sweeps. It is definitely a different world than many of us grew up in, but drug tests, drug sweeps, and...

This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Pot

An article on MSN last week talked about the differences between marijuana from years ago and modern marijuana. With the number of states legalizing medical marijuana, the number of people using this substance is greatly increasing. But some experts warn that the...

Drug Overdoses in New Jersey

Another teen has died in New Jersey from a suspected drug overdose. This time the teen was 17 year old Rose Carlin, a senior at Woodbridge High School. The teen’s body was found by police in a hotel in Edison this past week, and while an autopsy is still pending,...

What are You Afraid of? Getting Help for Addiction

Addiction is a disease that might be difficult to overcome, but it is impossible to recover from it if you don’t even try. Millions of Americans are currently living with an addiction and are not going to get the help they need to take control of it. The National...

How to Manage Triggers

People in recovery hear the word all the time, but what does “trigger” really mean, and how can you keep it from causing a relapse? A trigger is defined as a stimulus that is repeatedly associated with the preparation for, anticipation of, or the use of drugs or...

Is Your Doctor Afraid to Ask the Hard Questions?

A recent NPR blog investigates a tool physicians have that can help determine your risk for things like addiction and mental health disorders. Called the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) test, the collection of 10 questions helps paint a picture of the “toughness”...

Heroin, Prescription Drug Addiction Impacting Newborns

As the opiate abuse epidemic continues to claim lives, it also impacts a very vulnerable part of the population: newborns. Newborn babies whose mothers abused heroin or prescription drugs need to withdraw from those drugs once they are born. This can cause pain,...

Cocaine Addiction Still a Problem

There have been so many reports and news stories lately about the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs that we might forget that there are other dangerous drugs being used by many people today as well. Heroin and prescription opiate abuse is indeed an epidemic and...

Drug Bust Reveals One Million Dollars Worth of Marijuana

Detectives recently confiscated over 1 million dollars in marijuana from a North Jersey drug ring. Three men are being held at a Morris County facility, awaiting court hearings for “the largest seizure of marijuana ever in the history of Morris County,” according to...

Are Sentences for Drug Dealers Fair?

A 42-year-old man was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for a sophisticated drug-dealing operation in Jersey City. The man was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to distribute drugs, along with nine counts for other crimes. Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor...

Calculating Drug Use Statistics

Do you ever wonder how drug use statistics are calculated when there are so many different variables and changing information? The Wall Street Journal talked to Dr. Richard Miech, a professor at University of Michigan and co-investigator for the Monitoring the Future...

U.S. Government Announces 1.8 Billion to States to Fight Opioid Crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the current administration will fund states with 1.8 billion dollars to combat the opioid crisis. The main objective of the funding is to increase access to treatment and obtain real-time data across...

Are You Substituting Your Addiction in Recovery?

During addiction, dopamine levels increase during drug use, creating dependency on that drug. Once people have entered sobriety, they may turn to substitutes. For instance, many recovering addicts may turn to nicotine, caffeine, or sweets. However, having a substitute...

Six Ways to Fight the Opioid Crisis

While efforts to combat the opioid epidemic continues, such as the recent funding of 1.8 billion from the government, the problem will not go away overnight. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),  more than 130 people die every day overdosing on...

New Jersey Institute of Technology Tracks Drug Abuse with Analytics

Drug abuse is rampant across New Jersey, and it’s not just opioids. Many drugs have street names that are not trackable, which leads to unreported claims of abuse, overdose, and death. The drug landscape continues to evolve, making it harder to track drug use in...

Company Accused of Fueling Opioid Crisis Files for Bankruptcy

In recent events surrounding the opioid crisis, Purdue Pharma files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Purdue Pharma is known for creating the infamous opioid prescription medication, OxyContin. For years, Purdue Pharma has been fighting lawsuits from many states,...

Do You Need Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines alcohol use disorder as “chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” However, it’s...

How to Break the Cycle of Addiction

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is defined as a “primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry.” As a person becomes addicted to drugs, they become obsessive and compulsive, developing...

NJ Department of Health Receives 7.4 Million to Fight Opioid Overdoses

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Overdose Data to Action has given the New Jersey Department of Health a 7.4 million federal grant to fight the opioid overdose epidemic. With this grant, the state plans to use the funding to treatment initiatives, improve data...

How to Maintain Sobriety After an Alcohol Addiction

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), about 16 million in the U.S. are diagnosed with “alcohol use disorder.” Meaning, you aren’t alone in the fight against alcoholism. Alcohol is probably the hardest drug to abstain from after...

Can You Relapse After Drug Rehab?

Hundreds of thousands of people attend treatment every year. Some people go to a different state to remove themselves from the current environment they are in, just for a glimmer of hope. As an individual goes through the treatment program, completing the steps, and...

Is there a Magic Bullet for Opiate Addiction?

Researchers are always looking for ways to help those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. A new medication, Vivitrol, is being used in certain treatment programs to help individuals that are addicted to heroin and prescription drugs. Some are calling it a...

Rutgers Fraternity Shut Down Due to Underage Drinking

Rutgers University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has been closed because of an underage drinking incident. A 20-year-old student was taken to the hospital last November because he was severely intoxicated. Underage drinking is not a new problem on college campuses,...

The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Website a Beneficial Resource

The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) launched its awareness campaign and website a year ago, but the site still provides residents of the state with valuable information and resources. KnowAddiction.nj.gov is useful for preventing drug and...

New Jersey Working to End Prescription Drug Abuse with Help of Drug Database

The million dollar question right now is how to curb the prescription drug abuse problem in America. While different techniques are being investigated and put into place, some are more effective than others. One way states across the country are combating the problem...

Is It Possible to Quit an Opioid Addiction?

Every day there’s an opioid-related event in the United States, whether it’s about pharmaceutical companies going bankrupt, federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic or a rising opioid crisis in a state or town. At a glance, it seems we’re at the height of the...

NJ Government Announces 8 Million to Treat Opioid Addiction in Jails

In recent events, the Murphy Administration in New Jersey has increased its efforts to fight the opioid crisis. This comes after New Jersey announced they received $7.4 million in grants from the federal government to fight the opioid overdose epidemic at the...

Campaign Motivates Students to Stay Drug-Free

Students in North Carolina are signing pledges this week to stay drug and alcohol-free. The campaign is called “We Are Hope” and it is a collaboration of students and public school officials, as well as HopeRx, a community-based prescription drug abuse initiative...

Faith-Based Recovery

As people across the country celebrate Easter this weekend, for many, it is a time to reflect on their faith. Faith not only provides hope for our daily lives, but it provides renewal and a source of support. For many people, spirituality plays a large part in their...

Should Drunk Driving Laws in New Jersey Change?

Governor Christie is reviewing a bill which would change drunk driving laws in New Jersey. The bill would allow drivers that are convicted of drunk driving to reduce sentences from months to days, but it would require them to install ignition interlock devices on...

New Jersey Senators Announce 3 Million to Fight Opioid Crisis

Recently, New Jersey’s government has received millions in funding, mainly to fight the opioid epidemic. Some of New Jersey’s recent funding includes $8 million for opioid treatment in jails and $7.4 million from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Now, two Senators...

Preventing Underage Drinking at Prom

It is almost prom season, a time when high school students are often faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to give in to the pressure to drink. Prom is often a time when teens experiment with drinking, and also a time when many can be hurt because of...

Narcan Available at Local Pharmacies

The opiate antidote, Narcan, is now available at major pharmacies without a prescription. The drug has been used by first responders and given to some civilians in recent years, but it is now more widely available, and many believe it can save even more lives. Narcan...

When Should You Seek Substance Abuse Treatment?

Knowing when is the right time to check into a drug rehab is a tough decision. Simply put, there will never be a perfect time. However, there are key factors that may help you in deciding whether or not it’s time to seek treatment. We’re going to inform you of what to...

Indiana Battling AIDS Epidemic Due to Prescription Painkiller Addiction

The state of Indiana is fighting a battle against AIDS. The number of cases in the state has skyrocketed this year, mostly due to the large number of individuals abusing intravenous prescription opiates. Sharing needles can quickly lead to the spread of this virus, as...

The Dangers of Alcohol Addiction on the Body

In substance abuse, opioids dominate the conversation, especially when dangerous alternatives such as heroin and fentanyl, come onto the scene. However, alcoholism not only goes undetected, but there are dangerous side effects of alcohol addiction that will affect you...

Know What Your Kids Are Watching

Parents can reduce their child’s chances of underage drinking simply by regulating what they watch on TV and movies, according to a new study. The study, done by researchers at the University of Bristol in England, found that seeing actors drinking alcohol in movies...

Johnson & Johnson Pays 20.4 Million Settlement Amidst Opioid Crisis

Many pharmaceutical companies are paying the price for allegedly starting the opioid crisis, beginning in the late 1990s. In August, Johnson & Johnson faced a $574 million lawsuit in Oklahoma, accused of escalating the opioid epidemic in the state of Oklahoma....

Roles Reversed at Public Forum about Teen Substance Abuse

At a recent New Jersey public forum, roles were reversed as high school students told parents and teachers all about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Students addressed nearly 100 adults at Ridge High School last week in an effort to inform parents and teachers...

Are You Helping or Hurting Your Addicted Loved One?

When you have a loved one who is hurting, you want to help them. When you have a loved one who has a problem that could get them in trouble or cause embarrassment, you want to help them avoid those consequences. People who have a family member or close friend that...

A Parent’s Struggle

Drug addiction and alcoholism can take a toll on many more lives than just the addict’s. Parents struggle with guilt, shame, and helplessness when their child is an addict. Parents of addicts need help and support as well, to learn how to interact with their child...

NJ Attorney General and NJ CARES Announce 1 Million for Operation Helping Hand

New Jersey’s opioid crisis efforts continue as Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, alongside the Office of the New Jersey Coordinator for Addiction Responses and Enforcement Strategies (“NJ CARES”), announces $1 million in federal funding for “Operation Helping Hand.”...

How Seattle Treats Drug Addicts and Alcoholics

Seattle has a relatively new program that changes the way the city and law enforcement deal with law-breaking drug addicts and alcoholics, and it is creating a stir in cities across the country. The program, which was created four years ago, takes addicts off of the...

Suboxone Manufacturer Pays 2.6 Million in State Settlement

Recently, Reckitt Benckiser Group, the manufacturer of Suboxone settled $2.6 million with the state of Michigan. The allegations included deceptive marketing, leading to improper use of the state’s Medicaid funds. This year alone has marked ground-breaking lawsuits...

New Attorney General’s Stance on Drugs

A new Attorney General was sworn in this week, and many are wondering about her stance on the war on drugs, sentencing for nonviolent drug criminals, and marijuana legalization. It appears Loretta Lynch will not be making any changes to the federal marijuana laws,...

Dismissed on a Technicality: How New Jersey Drunk Drivers are Going Free

Drunk driving offenders in New Jersey are often given a second chance; and a third; and a fourth. Many feel the state is too lenient with its drunk driving laws, and that too many offenders are allowed to go free with little or no punishment for driving while...

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

Substance abuse has been sweeping across the nation, calling for various prevention methods. From numerous funding efforts to many observational days, any event to fight drug abuse is necessary. Throughout the year, there are several months of observations that bring...

Saying No to Study Drugs

It’s almost crunch time; time when high school and college students are faced with tough final exams, some of which will greatly influence their grade for the semester. This is a time of great pressure for many young adults, and many will turn to study drugs to help...

Not Your Normal College Party

Alcohol abuse is a big problem on many college campuses in America. While some school administrators are working to implement rules and regulations that would curb the drinking, some students themselves are doing something about the problem. There are groups of sober...

The Consequences of Having an Alcohol Addiction

The Consequences of Having an Alcohol in today’s society is seen as the norm. Whether it’s at a social gathering or a party, it’s everywhere. However, to some, they fall into the trap of binge drinking, reckless behavior, and increase their likelihood of having...

Talking to Your College Student About Getting Help for Addiction

Parents in NJ often struggle with finding the right words to say to their older children about drug and alcohol addiction. Adult children who are in college and still come home to live for the summer pose a problem if they are using drugs or abusing alcohol. If you...

The Problem with Co-Dependency

Co-dependency is often called “relationship addiction.” It can happen with all different types of relationships, but most often occurs with someone who is dependent on drugs or alcohol. According to Mental Health America, co-dependent people have low self-esteem and...

County Most Affected by Opioids in New Jersey: Camden County

New Jersey has been no stranger to the opioid crisis. Throughout the year, the state has received many federal grants to support programs to fight the opioid epidemic. For example, Operation Helping Hand recently received $1 million as a federal grant to help bolster...

New Jersey Heroin Trafficker Receives Minimum Sentence

Several members of a well-known drug trafficking organization have been sentenced for their drug crimes. Among them is Rashawn Ramos, a 38 year-old from Perth Amboy. Ramos, along with 11 other members of the organization, pleaded guilty and received the minimum...

Drug Manufacturers Could Pay Up to $50 Billion for Role in Opioid Crisis

Drug companies have had an immense amount of profit in the last couple of decades, but with the recent lawsuits and settlements against various companies, those profits are dwindling. This year alone, companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma, and Reckitt...

New Campaign Targets Parents who Provide Alcohol to Minors

One New Jersey community is taking a stand against underage drinking by targeting the parents of teens. The Secaucus Coalition for a Healthy Drug Free Community (SCHDFC) is launching a campaign this month that will educate parents about the dangers of hosting underage...

Spending Time as a Family Can Prevent Substance Abuse

Parents who interact with their children in a positive way can help keep their adolescent from using drugs and alcohol. Several New Jersey communities are finding ways to encourage parents to spend time every day with their children, and to use their influence to help...

Signs a Person is Abusing Painkillers

The rise of substance abuse cannot be ignored, nor can the type of drugs a person uses to alleviate their symptoms or problems. You’ve most likely heard of the opioid epidemic, with heroin and fentanyl being deadly substitutes. There have been other concerns as well,...

The Problem with Prescription Drugs

We have all heard that prescription drug abuse is dangerous and is an epidemic in our country. Many people, especially teens and young adults, still don’t understand just how big of a problem this really is. Prescription drug abuse can lead to addiction. It can cause...

What Should Parents Do if they Suspect Prescription Drug Abuse?

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in America, and despite warnings, many teens still want to experiment with prescription drugs. As a parent, it is important to learn about the dangers your kids face to use drugs, and then to have meaningful conversations...

New Study Again Shows Widespread Misuse of Prescription Painkillers

A new review, published in the April edition of the journal Pain, reiterates just how big of a problem prescription drug abuse really is in America. According to the study, which was done by researchers at the University of New Mexico, almost a quarter of narcotic...

Facts About Fentanyl: What You Need to Know

Opioid addiction is rampant across the country, which began with the abuse of prescription drugs. Now there are substitutes on the street such as heroin and fentanyl that have added to the overdose deaths that are on the rise. According to the National Institute on...

Why Teens Abuse Drugs and Alcohol

Many parents are caught off-guard by their teen’s drug or alcohol use. They might have higher hopes for their child than a life of addiction, they might not understand the pressures their teen faces, or they might simply not put any thought into how to keep their...

FDA Approves New Narcotic Painkiller

There are many dangers that come with using prescription painkillers, including the risk of addiction. The FDA is constantly reviewing old and new medications to determine their safety and usability. A new drug, Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate) has recently been...

Drug Bust in New York Traced to New Jersey Traffickers

A recent historical drug bust in New York is being called the largest heroin bust in New York history. Investigators confiscated 154 pounds of heroin, valued at $50 million, and also $2 million in cash. The DEA bust took place after months of wire taps and...

October 26th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

It’s October, meaning it’s National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, dedicated to spreading awareness about drug abuse and how communities can come together to comeback the crisis. There are various events held locally in the name of this awareness campaign, but...

New Jersey’s Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall Series

Fentanyl is fatal. It’s a destructive drug that can cause severe, irreversible consequences, even in the smallest doses. While fentanyl has been around for decades as a means to treat cancer patients, is it now a drug that is laced within heroin or other drugs,...

Penalty for Supplying Alcohol to Minors in New Jersey

It is illegal to supply alcohol to minors. Many parents know this, but many still allow their underage children and their friends to drink in the home. This practice is dangerous, not only because of the physical risks it poses to teens, but because of the harsh...

How is Fentanyl Abused Today?

Addiction is everywhere, affecting millions of lives each day. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are over 29 different drugs that are commonly misused. From alcohol, opioids, to fentanyl, drugs are becoming easily accessible and easily abused....

Naloxone more readily Available in New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie recently announced that he has worked out a deal with the manufacturer of Narcan (naloxone), making the drug more available to those that need it. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers....

Presidential Candidates Talk of Treatment over Incarceration

A topic that might very well be addressed as our country heads into the next presidential election is that of treatment over incarceration. For years there was a war on drugs, with attempts to enforce tough drug laws. However, as a quarter of people held in U.S....

Charles Kennedy Dies from Complications Related to Alcoholism

British politician Charles Kennedy has suffered for years with alcoholism, and last week his life was cut short because of complications related to the disease. Kennedy’s family released a statement this week that said, “We are grateful to the many friends and also...

D.A.R.E. New Jersey Faces New Challenges

The well-known D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program which educates students about the dangers of drug abuse, will soon be replaced in New Jersey. The new program, called L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs), has been established to teach the same...

Drug Overdoses in New Jersey Increasing

Drug overdoses in New Jersey have doubled in the past few years, now causing more deaths than motor-vehicle related deaths. A new study shows that in New Jersey, the rate of overdose increased from 6.5 per 100,000 people from 2007 to 2009 to 13.2 per 100,000,...

New Ruling Will Make it more Difficult to Convict Synthetic Drug Dealers

The Supreme Court ruled this past week that those who are accused of selling synthetic drugs cannot be convicted unless it can be proven that they knew the substance was prohibited. Opponents of the ruling say that it will make it much more difficult for prosecutors...

New Jersey Law to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers that Endanger Children

Drunk driving is always dangerous and can hurt or kill innocent people, but it is even more of a tragedy when children are involved. A new law in New Jersey will enforce stricter penalties for those that choose to drive drunk with children in the car. “We’re talking...

Deaths from Fentanyl Skyrocketing in New Jersey

New Jersey’s opioid crisis seems to keep getting worse, according to new studies. Data from 2014 show that overdose deaths from fentanyl, a prescription opioid, tripled in the state in 2014. State officials continue to study data and look for answers to this epidemic....

How to Support Someone Battling Addiction

Addiction is everywhere, affecting millions of lives each day. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are over 29 different drugs that are commonly misused. From alcohol, opioids, to fentanyl, drugs are becoming easily accessible and easily abused....

Get Home Safely this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and many people will find themselves with the dilemma of how to get home safely after being out celebrating with friends. Unfortunately, many people make the poor decision to drive home drunk. According to data from...

Where Do People Get Their Painkiller Prescriptions to Misuse?: A Case Study

It’s no secret the opioid epidemic has grabbed the headlines, with over two decades of substance abuse now coming into the limelight. It began in the late 90s, with pharmaceutical companies suggesting their opioid medications are not addictive. Fast forward 20 years...

Drug Rehabilitation: How Do I Know Which to Choose?

If you are someone seeking help for your addiction or inquiring about options for a loved one, there are various ways to achieve effective treatment. However, there are three common types of drug rehabilitation you should be aware of. After you are informed of the...

Ways New Jersey is Working to Combat the Opioid Drug Problem

There is much debate over what to do about the opioid drug problem in America today. The federal government has implemented several programs to help with the problem, and each state, including New Jersey, is also putting together initiatives that can make a difference...

DUI Patrols on the Lookout this Fourth of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is one of the most dangerous holidays on the roads because of drunk driving. New Jersey law enforcement will be out in full force this year, looking for those that are putting themselves and others in danger because of drunk driving. If you are...

Fun Without Alcohol

Many people believe that it is impossible to have fun without alcohol. These are the people that like to get so wasted that they forget what they did that night, get sick, and sometimes even find themselves in trouble or in dangerous situations. The problem with using...

New Jersey Man Gives Up Everything to Make Illegal Drugs at Home

A New Jersey man was recently arrested for making and selling illicit drugs from his home. The man, a 44-year-old senior scientist at a pharmaceutical company, was successful at his job by day. At night, however, he manufactured illegal drugs in his clandestine home...

What the New Drug Czar Has to Say, Part 1

Drug Czar Michael Botticelli has been in office for less than a year, but his drug policies are already starting to show through. He recently talked with the Dallas Morning News editorial board about his views regarding drug crimes and the stigma attached to...

What the New Drug Czar Has to Say, Part 2

Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), has his own views about legalizing marijuana and how drug crimes should be handled. Many people are looking to the drug czar to provide direction in cases related to drug and alcohol...

New Jersey Eclipses National Statistics for Heroin Overdoses

New Jersey has achieved some unwelcome statistics. In a report released earlier this month by the CDC, the national numbers of heroin overdoses have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling from 2002 to 2013. The report also shows that the heroin situation in New...

Researchers Link Eye Color to Alcoholism Risk

A new study shows an interesting link between eye color and the risk for alcoholism. According to researchers at the University of Vermont, the rate of alcohol dependence was 54 percent higher among people with light-colored eyes, blue, green, and gray, than those...
The Silent Disease of Alcoholism

The Silent Disease of Alcoholism

Alcoholism can be a sneaky disease. Even though there are warning signs of alcohol addiction, many individuals still don’t believe this disease can possibly happen to them. In fact, alcoholism is...

New Jersey’s Needle Exchange Program

New Jersey’s Needle Exchange Program

One of the many dark consequences of heroin addiction is the transmission of deadly diseases through the use of dirty needles. New Jersey communities have been ravaged by heroin and are now trying...

The Love Hormone & Addiction

The Love Hormone & Addiction

Why are some people more prone to addiction than others? For decades, scientists have been trying to answer this question—and recently, researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia made...

The Zohydro Controversy

The Zohydro Controversy

As if America’s prescription drug abuse epidemic wasn’t bad enough, a controversial new drug has been making headlines… and many fear it’s even more powerful than OxyContin. Last month, Zohydro hit...

Take the Alcohol-Free Challenge

Take the Alcohol-Free Challenge

Alcoholism is a disease that often catches people off-guard. A person might know they drink more than they should and make goals to drink less, but actually keep drinking more and more. Before long,...

Dry Bars = Liquor’s Alternative

Dry Bars = Liquor’s Alternative

In the UK, a string of new businesses in the form of dry bars are putting a new spin on alcohol prevention. Dry bars are finding success serving a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, or “mocktails,”...

Do Hangovers Affect Drinking Behavior?

Do Hangovers Affect Drinking Behavior?

While most people associate binge drinking with college students, it’s something all ages and backgrounds do. Often associated with alcoholism, binge drinking is, at the very least, a common...

Educating Children about Drug Abuse

Educating Children about Drug Abuse

A poll posted on the New Jersey 101.5 website asked one simple question: Do you think educating children about drug abuse is necessary? The results are surprising, and show the disconnect between...

Drug Sweeps at New Jersey Schools

Drug Sweeps at New Jersey Schools

In this day and age, students can expect to experience certain things at school, such as standardized testing, emergency preparedness drills, and now drug sweeps. It is definitely a different world...

This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Pot

This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Pot

An article on MSN last week talked about the differences between marijuana from years ago and modern marijuana. With the number of states legalizing medical marijuana, the number of people using...

Are Sentences for Drug Dealers Fair?

Are Sentences for Drug Dealers Fair?

A 42-year-old man was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for a sophisticated drug-dealing operation in Jersey City. The man was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to distribute drugs, along...

Faith-Based Recovery

Faith-Based Recovery

As people across the country celebrate Easter this weekend, for many, it is a time to reflect on their faith. Faith not only provides hope for our daily lives, but it provides renewal and a source...

Preventing Underage Drinking at Prom

Preventing Underage Drinking at Prom

It is almost prom season, a time when high school students are often faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to give in to the pressure to drink. Prom is often a time when teens...

Know What Your Kids Are Watching

Know What Your Kids Are Watching

Parents can reduce their child’s chances of underage drinking simply by regulating what they watch on TV and movies, according to a new study. The study, done by researchers at the University of...

A Parent’s Struggle

A Parent’s Struggle

Drug addiction and alcoholism can take a toll on many more lives than just the addict’s. Parents struggle with guilt, shame, and helplessness when their child is an addict. Parents of addicts need...

Saying No to Study Drugs

Saying No to Study Drugs

It’s almost crunch time; time when high school and college students are faced with tough final exams, some of which will greatly influence their grade for the semester. This is a time of great...

Not Your Normal College Party

Not Your Normal College Party

Alcohol abuse is a big problem on many college campuses in America. While some school administrators are working to implement rules and regulations that would curb the drinking, some students...

Why Teens Abuse Drugs and Alcohol

Why Teens Abuse Drugs and Alcohol

Many parents are caught off-guard by their teen’s drug or alcohol use. They might have higher hopes for their child than a life of addiction, they might not understand the pressures their teen...

Get Home Safely this Fourth of July

Get Home Safely this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and many people will find themselves with the dilemma of how to get home safely after being out celebrating with friends. Unfortunately, many people...