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Spring Lake native, a recovering addict walking from Maine to Key West, is walking the Jersey Shore this weekend

Jessica Grieb in Monmouth Beach this afternoon, on her way to Belmar

A 26 year old recovering addict who is fighting addiction by walking 2575 miles from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida arrived in Highlands last night and his walking from Highlands to Belmar this afternoon and then from Belmar to Brielle on Saturday.

Jessie Grieb, a native of Spring Lake who now lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, was welcomed home by her aunt Karen Grieb Burke last night when she arrived in Highlands from New York City via the Seastreak Ferry.

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Posted: October 12th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Congressman Smith calls for sanctions on Chinese over fentanyl

Congressman Chris Smith today pressed representatives of the State Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency to use the tools prescribed in the Global Magnitsky Act to sanction bad actors in China who are contributing to the opioid overdose crisis in the United States through the manufacture and distribution of the synthetic drug fentanyl.

“Chinese-made fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is killing Americans—more than 29,000 in 2017 alone,” Smith said. “We must hold the Chinese government accountable.”(Click here to read Chairman Smith’s full opening statement)

“Are we using existing tools to hold bad actors in China accountable? We have tools, such as the Global Magnitsky Act, which targets corrupt officials and human rights abusers. Perhaps it is time we start thinking outside the box and use something like Global Magnitsky to ensure that corrupt Chinese officials and narco-traffickers are held to account,” Smith said during a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Global Heath, which he chairs. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Watch Congressman Smith hearing “Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection” Live at 2PM

Congressman Chris Smith is chairing a hearing of the House Global Health Subcommittee entitled “Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection.”

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Posted: September 6th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Watch Congressman Smith hearing “Tackling Fentanyl: The China Connection” Live at 2PM

Congressman Smith to address China’s role in opioid crisis

Congressman Chris Smith, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Global Health, will hold a hearing on China’s role in the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is killing thousands of American citizens, on Thursday, September 6, 2 p.m., in the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing will be streamed live from the Committee’s website.

Smith announced the hearing during his remarks at Robbinville’s International Overdose Awareness Day last week.

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Posted: September 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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 »