Monmouth County Launches Mobile Addiction Recovery Service

Ocean County Prosecutor Joe Coronado, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni celebrate the launch of HOPE One

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni unveiled HOPE One on Monday evening during the National Night Out gathering in Asbury Park.

The mobile unit staffed with a sheriff’s officer, a certified peer recovery specialist and a licensed clinician that will travel to targeted communities in the county connecting individuals with substance use disorder and family members, to immediate services, treatment facilities and Naloxone training is the latest innovation in the County’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid addiction epidemic.

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Posted: August 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Congressman Smith urges Senate to pass legislation combating opioid crisis

Congressman Chris Smith

Congressman Chris Smith today called upon his colleagues in the U.S. Senate to take swift action on a series of bills that passed this House this week which boost the federal response to the opioid crisis with support for  victims and service providers.

The legislation passed this weeks targets $3.3 billion in funding that was part of the 2018 omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Trump earlier this year.

“As the opioid epidemic continues to proliferate, our efforts to treat and prevent this disease at the federal level must be redoubled,” Smith said. “This crisis requires a more aggressive and comprehensive response to the problem, which is exactly what this package of bills will accomplish. The Senate needs to pass this legislation as quickly as possible—the severity of the crisis demands it.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 15th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Heroin, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith urges Senate to pass legislation combating opioid crisis

Christie to announce $200 million to fight opioid crisis

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will announce this week $200 million in new initiatives to target the opioid crisis, primarily designed to overhaul addiction services, as he makes a final push on the issue he hopes will define his legacy. In a 90-minute interview with NJ Advance Media on Friday, Christie said the funding will be… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 18th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Op-Ed: The Opioid-Addiction Industrial Complex – America’s Dirty Secret

Scott Rudder Turn on any radio or television channel and you will hear a report or an advertisement about the opioid addiction crisis in New Jersey and across the United States. If you continue to stay tuned to that channel, you will hear an advertisement promoting a prescription drug to help you with your pain issues.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Heroin, Medical Marijuana, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Op-Ed: The Opioid-Addiction Industrial Complex – America’s Dirty Secret

Christie Shouts Down Protesters In Shrewsbury

Governor Chris Christie commemorated the opening of the Seabrook House outpatient drug treatment facility in Shrewsbury this morning by shouting down “NIMBY” protesters from the neighborhood who are not happy that the facility is located 200 yards from an elementary school.

The Governor shouted to the protesters that some students attending the school will one day drug and alcohol treatment and that they will be the people complaining that there is not enough treatment available.

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Posted: May 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Angry Christie wants more control of Horizon’s board, profits

Governor Chris Christie  (Governor’s Office/ Mykwain Gainey)

JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie is done asking Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to pay big bucks to expand drug treatment in New Jersey. Now, he’s telling. Christie on Thursday announced he was proposing legislation giving future governors the ability to appoint four new directors to Horizon’s 15 member board, require greater… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Health Care, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

State Drops Hammer On ‘Ruthless’ Doctors Profiting Off Opioid Addiction

Doctors issuing mass opioid prescriptions in New Jersey are facing a legal crackdown to combat rampant heroin addiction fueled by painkillers. A record number of doctors in the state were sanctioned in 2016 over their irresponsible prescribing habits, resulting in long-term suspensions, permanent revocation of medical licenses and in some cases criminal charges. George Beecher, a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

O’Scanlon: We must decide if addiction is like a bad habit or like cancer

By Declan O’Scanlon

(Editor’s note: This is the original unedited edition of an OpEd published in The Asbury Park Press. “They edited out some good stuff,” O’Scanlon said)

Last month, my brother passed away…..almost exactly 33 years from the day our mother died. He was the same age as my mother when she died, and he died of exactly the same cause – addiction.

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Posted: February 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

For O’Scanlon, Opioid Addiction Bill is Personal

Posted: February 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Declan O'Scanlon | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie Signs Opioid Treatment Mandate, Prescription Limit

Bill highlights differences between O’Scanlon and Handlin in LD-13 Senate Race

Handlin says new law punishes patients for the sins and transgressions of addicts

Governor Chris Christie signed legislation today that compels New Jersey health insurance companies to cover inpatient care to opioid addicts, implements a 5 day limit on the first prescription for opioid painkillers, and requires doctors to discuss the dangers of opioid addiction with patients.

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Posted: February 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »