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Drug Take Back Day Every Day, Starting October 9

Attorney General Eric Holder announced expanded prescription drug take-pack at hospitals,pharmacies, and extended care facilities (via justice.gov)

Attorney General Eric Holder announced expanded prescription drug take-pack at hospitals,pharmacies, and extended care facilities (via justice.gov)

With National Drug Take-Back Day coming up (Sept 27), the US government has announced it has found a way to enable drug-dispensing locations like pharmacies and nursing homes to become drug disposal drop-off locations as well. Finally!

New regulations have been passed to make every pharmacy and hospital a safe place to return unneeded, unwanted, expired or excess pharmaceuticals for safe disposal. This is a great way to help remove dangerous addictive substances from circulation.

One of the common sources of  prescription drugs used by people addicted to opiates and opioids, is the medicine cabinet. Doctors and dentists prescribe drugs like Percocet for pain following a procedure or an injury, advising patients to take “as needed” for pain. Often some or all of these addicting medications are not needed by the patient, and remain in the medicine cabinet.

Medicine cabinets are one of the first locations raided by burglars because pills can be sold for cash on the black market. We have seen reports of realtors hosting Open House events, only to discover visitors had come in not to preview the home that was for sale, but to raid the medicine cabinet for prescription opioids like Vicodin, Percocet, or other forms of hydrocodone and oxycodone.

The National Take Back day is a program aimed at removing these unwanted drugs from circulation. On one day of each year, Police departments accept drugs for safe disposal. It has been very successful, but limited to the one day or a few days during the year.

This new change will take effect October 9, 2014. We will be advising people to simply “return the pills to any pharmacy – they will take it back for safe disposal”. This is a very welcome improvement.

  • The Attorney General announcement (video) http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php
  • Press Releases on Drug Take-Back days http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/newsrelease.htm

NJ DUI Checkpoint Yields No Arrests : Everybody Knew

If everyone knows about a DUI checkpoint, it works to prevent DUI in New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Police set up a DUI checkpoint outside the PNC Arts Center after a country music concert this past weekend. Nearly one fourth of the cars entering the southbound Garden State Parkway to leave the concert passed through the DUI checkpoint. The concert ended at almost 11pm. Almost 200 vehicles/drivers were actually checked by State Police sobriety-checkers.

Not. One. DUI.

Of almost 200 drivers checked, not a single DUI discovered. Everyone considers this a success. But what does it mean? Are people at country music concerts refraining from drinking? Not likely. Have people discovered secret ways to appear completely sober when checked by trained State Police? Not likely.

What changed was “the war”.  The War on DUI changed. Police announced ahead of time that they would be checking.

Police dropped specifics into social media and the press: Don't drink and drive. We're checking, and you will get caught.

Instead of an unexpected covert operation to “catch” impaired drivers leaving a popular concert venue, the Police raised awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired, or even taking a risk of driving after having been drinking. “Make sure you have a designated driver”, they recommended. “Don't take the risk”, they suggested. “We will be watching”, they warned.

The objective of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of crashes due to impaired driving – NJ State Police

Apparently, people listened. They did not drink and drive. And the roads were probably much safer.

 

 

 

107 Hours of Radio: Raising Awareness of New Jersey’s Heroin Epidemic

Monmouth Radio show "PorkRoll & Eggs" will begin broadcasting for 107 hours on 5/19 at 6am, to help raise awareness of the heroin addiction problem in New Jersey.

Monmouth Radio show “PorkRoll & Eggs” will begin broadcasting for 107 hours on 5/19 at 6am, to help raise awareness of the heroin addiction problem in New Jersey.

Nina, Tom and A.J. from 107.1 FM's popular Porkroll & Eggs morning show, are dedicating a week of attention to New Jersey's heroin epidemic, and we want to show our support.

Starting May 19th at 6am, the Porkroll & Eggs Morning Show from 107.1 FM will begin broadcasting live for 107 hours at various locations throughout Monmouth & Ocean counties in New Jersey. Sunrise wants to support this effort, and will have representatives on-hand to provide information and answer questions, and helping those who need assistance find it.

Nina, Tom and A.J. will be stationed in the parking lots of the Monmouth Mall, Freehold Raceway Mall, and Ocean County Mall to help raise awareness about the heroin epidemic taking place right now in our communities.

“Heroin and opiate abuse has become a staggering problem in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. New Jersey is now home to over 10% of the nations heroin addicts, most of whom are between the ages of 17 & 26 years old.” –Porkroll & Eggs

The organizers continue “It is a problem that affects us all, regardless of social status. These are our neighbors and friends, our kids and their peers, dealing with this in schools and at parties and even in our own homes. One of the hardest issues to address is denial. If you think it won’t touch you in some way because of who you are or where you live, you are wrong. Heroin is in your town, it’s a problem and it’s spreading.”

As part of this event, stationary bikes will be setup at each location for anyone to ride. The Jules L. Plangere, Jr. Family Foundation will be donating $1 for every mile ridden on each bike at all locations, up to $25,000, to local charities that fully fund recovery programs.

For more information, visit 107 Radio

Poll Shows NJ Residents Split on Marijuana Legalization

NJ Residents are split over marijuana legalization, according to a 2014 Monmouth University/ Asbury Park Press poll.

NJ Residents are split over marijuana legalization, according to a 2014 Monmouth University/ Asbury Park Press poll.(PDF)

According to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll, New Jersey residents are divided on whether marijuana should be legalized, and are not convinced that a recent proposal in the state legislature to legalize marijuana use is a good idea. The poll finds that most state residents say that alcohol and tobacco pose greater dangers than marijuana. This poll is considered the first Garden State poll on the topic since State Senator Nick Scutari introduced a marijuana legalization bill.

When asked whether the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use should be made legal, New Jersey residents are split down the middle with just under half (48%) in support and an almost identical number (47%) opposed. The poll states that these numbers are similar to national trends, with an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted in January finding 49% in favor and 48% opposed.

The poll results also demonstrate clear differences in opinion based on varied demographics. Poll data shows that democrats and independents are slightly more in favor of legalization than republicans. There are also significant differences in support across age and gender groups; New Jersey men are more likely than women to support marijuana, while younger adults under the age of 35 are more likely to support legalizing pot when compared to older residents.

Asked whether a bill allowing people over the age of 21 to purchase small amounts of marijuana from licensed state businesses, only 36% of New Jersey residents think it's a good idea while just under half (45%) think it's a bad idea. 18% had no opinion.

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute summarized some of this in his news release about the poll:

“The marijuana debate has been engaged and neither side has the distinct advantage right now. There isn't a lot of support for the Scutari proposal, but most people actually see alcohol and tobacco as bigger dangers.”

Murray suggests that perhaps some of the opposition may simply be a reaction against legalizing something that has been illicit for so long.

The poll was conducted by telephone with 803 New Jersey adults from March 30th to April 1st, 2014, with a reported margin of error supporting the summary findings. New Jersey is split on the issue. It is now important to help educate everyone on the facts. Only be removing some of the stigma of drug addiction, which is already happening in New Jersey, will we gain access to the truth about drug abuse, addiction, and the role marijuana appears to play in drug addiction and treatment.

NJ marijuana opinion poll results
Courtesy Sunrise Detox New Jersey

NJ Today: 15 Heroin Overdoses in One Day

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that a “bad batch” of heroin distributed in Camden, New Jersey sent 15 people to area hospitals, 12 of them within one hour of the day. The reporter remarks that 14 of the 15 were “suburbanites”, as if that were surprising. We know otherwise — New Jersey's suburban youth are becoming addicted to prescription pain killers, and finding their way to cheaper, more accessible heroin.

Ira Levy highlighted this trend in June of 2013, and recent government data shows that 80% of heroin abusers started with prescription drugs.  It is very important to get treatment for prescription drug addictions as soon as the need is recognized, before more damage is done by heroin for example.

 

Fentanyl Contaminated Heroin Alerts

Someone is manufacturing Fentanyl, a very powerful opioid chemical, and selling it as heroin. Over 100 times as powerful as morphine, a dose of Fentanyl can kill you. Hundreds have died already, since last summer.

The Fentanyl-contaminated heroin is believed to be the cause of dozens of deaths this past month in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Long Island.

Drugs collected at scenes of overdose deaths are labeled in different ways. There are reports of wax folds stamped “bud Light”, “Theraflu”, “24K”, “Bud Ice”, “Tax Time”, “ObamaCare”, and others. Changing a label is as easy as rubber-stamping a wax fold. You should not expect to recognize the poisonous heroin by the label.

Investigators working on 22 deaths in Pennsylvania and 5 in Nassau County suspect a deadly mix previously known as “China White” may be the cause. Investigators know that the manufacture and distribution is intentional. Fentanyl is not distributed as a powder legally. Someone is purposefully and illegally manufacturing and distributing the deadly combination.

If you are addicted to heroin and cannot stop yourself from taking life-threatening risks associated with street heroin, especially in times of tainted or poisoned batches like those circulated widely right now, please call for help.

Everyone must choose to get help with addiction, and this is a perfect time to enter medical detox for opiate addiction. Sunrise Detox offers comfortable, medical detox and preparation for rehab in Stirling New Jersey (in Morris County, convenient to New York) and starting this month, in Toms River (along the Jersey Shore, convenient to Philadelphia and most of New Jersey). Start with a phone call to find out what options are available to you: 888-443-3869

Alert from long Island about Fentanyl-contaminated heroin killing people.

Alert from long Island about Fentanyl-contaminated heroin killing people.

From Nassau County on Long Island:

OFFICE OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER
COUNTY OF NASSAU
CONTAMINATED HEROIN ALERT

The Nassau County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating several deaths initially assumed to be linked to the abuse of heroin, but in fact were found to have involved the potent narcotic fentanyl. Evidence associated with two of these cases has been analyzed by the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory and has been determined to contain fentanyl in combination with the banned antipyretic metamizole. Specifically these glassine packets are stamped as “24K” in red ink.

Fentanyl is a synthetic narcotic analgesic of extremely high potency. Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine, the active ingredient of heroin. Clinically fentanyl is used for the treatment of severe pain or for the induction of anesthesia. Severe respiratory depression may occur with the use of fentanyl. Metamizole is an analgesic and antipyretic that is similar in use to ibuprofen. Metamizole has been banned for use in the US since 1977 due to the potential for the development of agranulocytosis.

The Nassau County Medical Examiner is reporting that glassine packets marked as “24K” that is presumably being distributed as heroin, in fact contains the extremely potent narcotic analgesic fentanyl. The Nassau County Medical Examiner is disseminating this information for situational awareness purposes only.

Laced Heroin on Long Island: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/laced-heroin-linked-to-5-overdose-deaths-in-nassau-1.6920119

Four arrested bringing heroin from Newark to Ocean County http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/01/four_arrested_in_plot_to_traffick_drugs_from_newark_to_ocean_county.html#incart_river

Fentanyl-laced heroin kills in PA http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/30/justice/pennsylvania-heroin-deaths/ and http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/27/health/pennsylvania-drug-deaths/index.html

Maryland deaths from Fentanyl-laced heroin http://www.afro.com/sections/news/baltimore/story.htm?storyid=81334

Ocean County Forum – Your Kids Count: Can We Talk?

We encourage Ocean County residents to join Former New York Giants Running Back Keith Elias and local community leaders on Thursday, December 12th, 2013, for a critically important forum: “Your Kids Count: Can We Talk?”. This event is to help Ocean County parents and guardians combat the growth of illicit substance use and impact on the kids. Several influential and dynamic speakers will help teach the skills needed to open important dialogue with children about drug use and abuse.

Representatives form Sunrise Detox will be at the forum, to provide additional insights about options for getting help when help is needed with substance abuse and related traumas.

Flyer for DART coalition of Ocean County special forum for parents and guardians entitled "Your Kids Count: Can We Talk?"

DART coalition of Ocean County special forum for parents and guardians entitled “Your Kids Count: Can We Talk?” Featuring Former NY Giant Keith Elias, 12/12/2013 at Stafford Township Arts Center/OceanFirst Theater.

This event is sponsored by the DART Coalition of Ocean County, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, the Office of the Attorney General General for the State of New Jersey, Project Medicine Drop, and the Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention.

The event will guide attendees through substance abuse issues affecting children in the community. Participants will see the effects drugs can have on youth, and gain a working knowledge of the signs and symptoms of drug use and abuse. John Moriarty of Sunrise Detox will be on hand to help those seeking advice on how to get started seeking assistance for substance abuse issues, and to explain specifics of private treatment and counseling options that are not commonly understood and often not obvious to those suddenly in need of assistance.

A prescription drug drop-off service will be provided at the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring expired or unused prescription medications, for safe and legal disposal.

Featuring guest speaker Keith Elias, Former Running Back, NY Giants (and former Lacey Township High School football standout), along with Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato, and retired DEA agent Douglas S. Collier. A feature presentation “Jesse's Journey – The Aftermath of Experimental Drug Use”, is being sponsored by the Morella family.

The event will be held at Stafford Township Arts Center/OceanFirst Theater, 1000 McKinley Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, seating is limited. Registration is STRONGLY encouraged by Monday, December 9th. Questions may be directed to (732)886-4757.