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Well-Known NJ Addiction Specialist Dr. Constantine Diakolios Joins Sunrise House Treatment Team

Sunrise House Treatment Center has expanded its medical team to include one of New Jersey’s top addiction specialists. Dr. Constantine Diakolios has detoxed more than 30,000 patients in his 15-year...

Covid-19: Homelessness and Substance Use

The world is forever changed due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Sadly, it has not only taken many lives already in both the United States and abroad, but it has...

Help is Available in Lafayette, NJ

If you’re finding yourself becoming more and more anxious in the face of a constant barrage of bad news, you’re not alone. The mental toll and stress caused by this...

Sober Survival Guide for the Long, Cold Winter

It’s winter and, in the northern parts of the country, in the words of a seasonal song: “Oh the weather outside is frightful.” It’s tough enough getting through this stretch...

New Jersey Expands Role of Paramedics for Opioid Victims

Take note! There’s a new development in addiction medicine, which the Washington correspondent for Stat News calls “a potential paradigm shift” and a “bold program”. And New Jersey is the...

New in New Jersey: Read and Heed that Label

The red color should grab your attention. This post should help too. It’s all about a new initiative in New Jersey, signed by the governor and meant to underscore a...

Suits Against Sacklers Swell: NJ Jumps In

The owners of Purdue Pharma – the Sacklers – are heading to court. Make that plural – courts, many courts. Actions are mounting against them in legal circles around the...

Drug-Related Deaths Across New Jersey

Overview: Drug addiction is a serious problem throughout America – more than 72,000 Americans lost their lives in 2017 alone due to drug use. Sadly, data shows that deaths due to drug overdoses from...

Is Statewide Standardized Addiction Treatment the Best for NJ?

This is not the first, second, or even the third year that New Jersey is expected to break the state record for number of lives lost to opioid drug overdoses....

NJ Doc Pleads Guilty to Supplying Drug Dealers with Thousands of Pills

Conspiracy and distribution of a controlled substance in the second degree – those are the charges that a 77-year-old doctor in New Jersey pleaded guilty to this month. According to...

Drug Overdose Deaths Rise by 27% in New Jersey

In a recent report, the Centers for Disease Control found that there were 72,000 overdose deaths among Americans in 2017, a 10 percent increase over 2016. This number is more...

Drugged Drivers Causing More Traffic Deaths than Drunk Drivers in NJ

More fatal car accident deaths in New Jersey are being caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs than under the influence of alcohol, according to a new...

Drug Overdose Homicide Charges on the Rise in Atlantic County

Prosecutors in Atlantic County, New Jersey, are more frequently charging those who played a role in the death of an individual who passed due to drug overdose with murder. That...

1,100+ NJ Drug Cases Tossed after Police Scandal

Almost 1,200 drug cases have been identified by prosecutors as impacted by a state police lab scandal and will likely be dismissed as a result. It is standard practice to...

Dirty Deals: CO Charged with Smuggling Drugs into Federal Prison in NJ

A corrections officer employed at Federal Correctional Institution Fort Dix went in front of a judge this month to answer to charges of smuggling drugs into the prison for inmates...

FBI ‘Operation Disarray’ Targets Dark Web Drug Sales Destined for NJ

The secrecy surrounding the dark web has begun to lift in recent years, as more and more FBI busts have resulted in the takedown of major players caught using its...

NJ Naloxone Use Triples in Three Years

From 2014 to 2017, the rate of use of naloxone across New Jersey has almost tripled. In 2014, just under 5,200 doses were used across the state. By 2015, that...

NJ Teacher Busted in Prescription Drug Scam

Though many teachers have side gigs, one teacher in New Jersey decided to choose a highly entrepreneurial effort when he began recruiting public workers to take part in a multimillion...

Should NJ Drug Test Police Officers?

For those who believe that police officers in New Jersey should be required to undertake random drug testing, it is a matter of accountability. They say that a lack of...

18 People Arrested in NJ Drug, Gun Bust

In Hudson Valley this month, 18 people were arrested and charged after a joint operation that included federal, state, and local authorities and culminated in a drug bust. More than...

NJ Deaths Caused by Alcohol, Drugs, Suicide Expected to Increase

A new report released at the end of the last month brought a devastating prediction for the next decade. According to Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide...

20 Arrested in NJ as Drug, Gun Ring Brought Down

In a five-month investigation called Operation Bird Cage, a drug and gun distribution ring in central New Jersey was brought down this month, resulting in the arrests of 20 people...

Christmas Is Canceled: Santa Arrested on Drug Charges in Hackensack

Bad news for the kiddos. A man who was pulled over in a routine traffic stop in Hackensack this month – the spitting image of Santa Claus himself – and...

Top 5 Sober Things to Do in NJ on Thanksgiving Weekend

If you are looking for fun ways to stay sober and have a good time this Thanksgiving weekend, you do not need to look far. Across the state, there are...

‘Drive Sober’ Campaign Targets Drivers under the Influence in NJ

In New Jersey and states across the country, the focus this month is on keeping drivers safe and sober as they transition from summer into the new school year. Through...

‘Hope Wing’ Addiction Recovery Unit Opens at NJ Jail

At the Morris County Correctional Facility, a new unit called the Hope Wing recently opened, providing inmates who qualify with drug and alcohol addiction treatment during their incarceration. Inmates who...

A Guide to Drug & Alcohol Rehab: Trenton, NJ

Trenton is the county seat of Mercer County and the capital of the state of New Jersey, with a population of close to 85,000 people in 2010, per the City of Trenton....

Elizabeth, NJ Rehab Programs Guide

With a rich and storied history, Elizabeth City, New Jersey is the county seat of Union County and the fourth largest city in the Garden State. It is easily accessible by...

NJ Drug Bust Yields 36 Arrests across Rival Drug Gangs

So far in “Operation Snow Bank,” New Jersey state police have arrested 36 people. The eight-month operation followed the activities of three rival drug rings, and five of the arrestees...

Drug Sales Rep Admits to Involvement in Kickback Scheme in New England

One drug salesperson working in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut has pleaded guilty to taking part in a kickback scheme that involved the potent synthetic opiate, fentanyl. The 33-year-old...

New Law Program Trains Officers to Better Combat Drug Abuse

In Allentown, New Jersey, police officers are taking part in a training program from Law Enforcement Against Drugs, or LEAD, that helps law enforcement to better fight the opiate overdose...

Do You Deserve a Second Chance in Recovery? One NJ Judge Says ‘Yes’

In the past few months, New Jersey judges have been giving out “second chances” to those charged with minor drug offenses. In most of these cases, there were two defining...

Drug Busts & Drug Takeback Days Seek to Remove Illicit Substances (NJ)

A recent drug bust largely based out of Newark resulted in 46 arrests and the seizure of four guns, 309 packages of cocaine, 383 decks of heroin, 50 baggies of...

Is D.A.R.E. Coming back to NJ Schools?

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and its purpose is to educate young people starting in elementary school about the dangers associated with substance use and abuse of any...

45 Arrested in NJ Drug Trafficking Network

Operation Justice Served resulted in a 100-count indictment from a grand jury in Monmouth County this month. Forty-five people in the Freehold, New Jersey, area were arrested in the course...

Drug Screenings: Should We Screen All NJ High School Students?

Across the country, in different contexts, legislators and the voting public are considering how and when the use of drug screening is effective and appropriate. For example, Florida attempted to...

$15M to Anti-Drug Ad Campaign: Too Much, Too Little,Just Right?

Governor Christie has made it clear that he has no intention of ignoring the rampant rates of opiate overdose deaths that have been sweeping New Jersey for years. He regularly...

Super Fire Dogfood Dope’s Craigslist Ad Lands NJ Man in Jail

An old dresser, a used car – and heroin? One man in New Jersey was recently arrested for attempting to turn Craigslist into a more diverse marketplace by offering potential...

Is Marijuana Legalization the Right Choice for New Jersey?

Recreational marijuana use is being considered for legalization in New Jersey, and it appears that more and more residents are seriously considering the option. One recent poll found that about...

Free Drug and Alcohol Rehabs in New Jersey

In New Jersey in 2017, there were 30.8 drug-related deaths per 100,000 people.1 Of those 2,737 deaths, 1,613 were due to heroin use.1 In 2018, 89,629 New Jersey residents were...

How the Department of Human Services (DHS) of NJ Addresses Addiction

Article Overview: The rate of addiction in New Jersey has been called “terrifying,” spreading across rural and suburban communities, and leaving devastated families and dreams broken in its wake.1 After initially...

New Jersey Drug Overdose Deaths Spiked in 2015

The New Jersey State Medical Examiner’s Office reported that in 2015, the number of deaths caused by drug overdose leaped by almost 22 percent. Why? For the most part, the...

Drug Take-Back Kiosks Installed in 16 NJ Walgreens Locations

In an effort to combat the rising rates of death due to opiate overdose, 500 Walgreens locations across the country are providing a lifesaving service. “Drug take-back kiosks,” or locations...

Drug Ring Bust Takes 2,500 Heroin Packets a Month off NJ Streets

“Operation Justice Served” took five months and broke down a drug ring allegedly responsible for putting an average of 2,500 packets of heroin on New Jersey streets every month. Local...

Basketball Full of Drugs, Cellphones Caught at NJ Halfway House

When officials were doing their rounds at a facility that provides education, treatment, and halfway house services to about 900 men and women through contracts with the New Jersey State...

Arrested in NJ in Operation That’s All Folks

“Operation Justice Served” took five months and broke down a drug ring allegedly responsible for putting an average of 2,500 packets of heroin on New Jersey streets every month. Local...

21 Arrested in NJ Operation ‘That’s All Folks’

Operation That’s All Folks centered in Cumberland County, New Jersey. Out of this investigation that took place over several months, 21 people were arrested on firearm- and drug-related charges. In...

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources in Newark, NJ

Drug Abuse Statistics in Essex County Newark, located in Essex County, is home to 285,154 residents (per a 2017 census report). The Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health...

Jersey City Drug Rehab Guide

In Hudson County, Jersey City is home to a steadily growing population. In 2013, the population reached 257,342, up 228,992 in 1993. In fact, the population of this city is slated to...

Addiction Treatment Options: Paterson, NJ

The city of Paterson, located in Passaic County, runs a Drug-Free Community Support Program, with the support of Mayor Joey Torres. The goal of the program is to reduce the...

A Guide to Drug Rehab: NYC

In 2014, there was more than one fatal drug overdose in New York City every day. This means that in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, or Staten Island, people died...

A Guide to Alcohol & Drug Rehab: Yonkers, NY

The city of Yonkers is in Westchester County, New York. Though it is not part of New York City, many residents have a strong connection to the city and may commute there...

A Guide to Rehab: Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, situated in Erie County, is a well known for its large college population, and it is home to 258,959 residents. Buffalo is not immune to the heroin and prescription...

A Guide to Drug Rehab: Philadelphia

When Jim Kenney took office in 2016 as mayor of Philadelphia, he inherited a city with a debatable stance on marijuana. While the former mayor was in office, he signed a law...

A Guide to Alcohol & Drug Rehab: Pittsburgh

In 2015, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced that it would run its first 360 Strategy pilot program in Pittsburgh. The goal of the program is to crack down on violence...

A Guide to Substance Abuse Programs in Baltimore

For television crime drama fans, The Wire, based in Baltimore, is often considered top-notch. The show was written by David Simon, a former police reporter in Baltimore. In view of the...

A Guide to Drug and Alcohol Treatment in New Jersey

New Jersey Governor on Addiction New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has articulated his stance on the drug addiction via his stated concern for the opiate epidemic in New Hampshire. As...

A Guide to Alcohol & Drug Rehab: New York

Maryland, NJ, Washington, D.C, Pennsylvania States Treatment Guides New Jersey Pennsylvania Washington DC Maryland While it is true that there are numerous drugs of abuse that are part of the...

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources in Washington, DC

More State Treatment Guides New JerseyNew YorkMarylandPennsylvania Substance abuse treatment in Washington, DC includes services provided in a host of different settings, all of which can be accessed for information...

A Guide to Drug Rehab in Maryland

NJ, NY, Washington, D.C, Pennsylvania States Treatment Guides New Jersey New York Washington DC Pennsylvania Maryland, like much of the country, finds itself in the midst of a heroin and...

A Guide to Drug Rehab: Pennsylvania

The prescription opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and the US overall is unique in that the drugs of abuse are legally manufactured and lawfully distributed. However, the availability of these drugs...

Guide to the Northeast US Mental Health and Addiction Rehab

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2015, there were 56,283,891 people living in the Northeast, which represents 17.5 percent of the total US population. Among this population, one would likely...

Drug Trafficking in the Northeast

Article Overview: The northeastern United States has long been a center of American culture and history, but its big population and distribution centers, and isolated and remote towns, have also...

Drug Charges among 30+ Arrested at NJ Guns N’ Roses Concert

When Guns N’ Roses came to the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for a reunion tour at the end of last month, it was a big night – a big...

Governor Christie’s Attorney General Set to Investigate Rising Prices of Narcan

Governor Christie’s Attorney General is working to investigate a critical obstacle in the management of the ever-rising toll of prescription drug overdose across New Jersey: the high cost of Narcan....

$50,000 Seized and 26 Arrested in Drug Raids in Ocean County

This month and last, 26 people were arrested and almost $50,000 – as well as cars; 9,000 bags of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription painkillers; and guns – were seized...

Are They the Right Choice for Nonviolent Drug Offenders in NJ?

In New Jersey, offenders who have committed nonviolent and/or drug-related offenses are eligible for a program called Pre-Trial Intervention. Called PTI for short, the program offers an alternative to the...

The Current State of NJ’s Substance Abuse & Mental Health Treatment Industry

Article Overview: In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie has proudly spoken of his support for mandatory drug treatment for first-time arrestees, and that drug addiction, as a disease, should be...

Liquor Laws in the New Jersey ( Analyses )

Liquor laws The liquor laws of New Jersey have been called the most complex of all alcohol regulations in the United States. They’ve been called “outdated,” “past their shelf life,”...

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