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2016 New York State Record for Overdose Deaths

NY witnessed a new record for overdose deaths, exceeding 1,000 in 2016.

New York closed 2016 with a new record: over 1,000 heroin overdose deaths. This continues an upward trend noted years ago, which has continued to challenge New York residents and their families, as well as policy makers and health care providers.

In June of 2016, New York State issued a report showing 2014 data on heroin abuse and drug overdose deaths. As of 2014, New York was outpacing other states in the growth of heroin use and the number of people seeking treatment for addiction disorders involving heroin.

In 2014, heroin overdose was a contributing cause for 825 deaths.

The 2016 numbers are in and things look much worse. Over 1000 deaths from heroin overdose in 2016, an increase of 17.5 % from 2004 numbers.

While New York had been leading the nation in growth of heroin overdoses for many years, it did not lead in heroin overdose deaths nor prescription opioid overdoses (those attributed to prescription drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and other opiate-like synthetic opioids).

In one year (2014) heroin use in New York exceeded the national average rate by 50 per cent!

Upward trends in drug abuse are difficult to stop. New York State agencies are scrambling to provide treatment options, considering expanding the existing Pilgrim State psychiatric facility on Long Island.

Suffolk County, Long Island Drug Addiction and Treatment

Suffolk County on Long Island had the highest death toll from heroin overdose, at 111 dead. That's more deaths from overdose in Suffolk County than the the Bronx and Brooklyn combined.

Suffolk also experience an additional 96 deaths attributed to opioid overdose (non-heroin, which includes prescription pain killers).

 

Fooled you once, Now You’re Dead

My collegue John Moriarty in New Jersey has published a blog post warning of the dangers of fentanyl, a powerful drug that drug dealers in NJ are mixing into their products. It is a very important issue. Small doses of fentanyl can kill quickly.

But fentanyl isn't the only deadly substance being distributed by drug dealers. In one day, 15 people died of overdoses in one day Camden, NJ. Police say it wasn't fentanyl.

Fool me once, now I'm dead.

Drug dealers are in the business of profiting by exploiting the trust their customers place in them. Whether it comes sooner or later, the drug dealer will take everything he can, leaving the customer at great risk, or even dead.

You don't get a second chance at recovery if you're dead.

As we see more and more individuals become addicted to prescription pain killers, we see more driven to buy illegally, in order to obtain enough to sustain an active addiction and avoid withdrawal sickness. But buying illegally means doing business with a drug dealer. And drug dealers seek profits first, even if it means fooling the customer with a cheap, custom mix of chemicals that can kill.

We are here for those who need help 1-888-443-3869.

 

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

Hard Work Pays Off: Raising Heroin Awareness in NJ

I had the honor or releasing the symbolic balloons to kick off the campaign

I had the honor or releasing 244 symbolic balloons in memory of those who died of heroin overdose in  Ocean and Monmouth counties last year, and the Daily Journal covered it.

Often times the one big message of successful recovery is “hard work pays off”. This week, and this month, and this year, that hard work has been raising awareness of the heroin epidemic in New Jersey, to prevent as much of the fallout from addiction as we can right now.

And the hard work is paying off. The stigma of heroin is starting to go away. Although there is a long way still to go, it is no longer uncommon to hear the word “heroin” in conversation  in our suburbs.

I am seeing an increased awareness of the role of prescription pain killers in our heroin epidemic as well. The “common man” in New Jersey is starting to understand that heroin is just a cheaper, more physically dangerous form of the prescription pain killers prescribed by doctors or “borrowed” from unsuspecting friends and relatives.

Treatment is Available for Opiate Addiction

The time to get treatment for addiction is when a dependency is acknowledged. If that dependency is on prescription pain killers like hydrocodone or oxycodone, Percocet, or any number of other opioids, it is no less a risk than a heroin addiction. The primary risk appears to be the switch to heroin (which is  cheaper, and more readily available). But the other, perhaps more important risk, is the tightening grip of opiate addiction.

Heroin Addiction is best Treated Early, not Late

It is easier and less “costly” in all terms, to treat an addiction earlier, rather than later, regardless of the substance.

“Stigma can be deadly. We hope that this campaign plays a role in busting that stigma and helping the public understand that addiction is a disease.” Celina Gray, Acting Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction quoted in the Daily Journal.

This past week Jersey Shore Radio's 107.1 FM Morning Show dedicated virtually an entire week to raising awareness of the heroin problem in New Jersey. Sunrise Detox spent as much time on-site with them as we could. We knew that those seeking help would need someone to talk to. Someone who could answer the real-world questions about addiction and addiction treatment. And since we do that every day, we wanted to help.

Sunrise Detox in New Jersey Malls

We helped people one-on-one at all three malls, every day of the campaign. We spoke honestly about addiction and the grip it has on otherwise smart and strong individuals. We spoke honestly about treatment, insurance, and the untold “costs” of addiction on society. And we told real-world stories that brought the message home to those who needed to hear them.

In some cases we got people directly into treatment. Sometimes at Sunrise Detox, and other times at other treatment centers. The key to successful treatment is immediate medical attention (such as at our medical detox), followed by admission to the appropriate inpatient rehab center, which is usually selected based on individual factors. At Sunrise Detox, we work with individuals and families during the initial detox stage, to understand the rehab process, and select the one that fits.

Keeping Up the Fight: More Heroin Awareness is Needed

This week New Jersey's administration (the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction) kicks off another awareness campaign – this time one funded with marketing and advertising dollars, and expected to carry through the entire summer. “Addiction does not discriminate” is a strong message that needs to be heard. Let's raise awareness amongst those who believe that heroin addiction happens to other people, before that devastating addiction pops into their lives unexpectedly, and challenges the entire family unit and more.

 

 

 

Addiction Doesn’t Have to End in Death

New Jersey is suffering from a wave of heroin and prescription pain killer abuse, but it is not a new thing like a plague or infectious agent. The abuse is a continuation of known behavior we've seen increase over many years — people experimenting and abusing drugs and alcohol.  The difference, and the reason our kids are dying now, is in the drugs. The drugs, the combinations of drugs, and the combination of drugs and alcohol is deadlier than ever before.

At Sunrise Detox we treat those who have an acknowledged physical and/or psychological dependency on substances like heroin, opiates (Percocet, Oxycontin), and mood altering prescription drugs like Xanax. We help them break free of the addiction that is running their lives, hopefully before it destroys everything. But many of the overdose deaths are from sudden, deadly over-dosing of drugs that were of unknown purity, or were also mixed with alcohol in deadly combinations.

At some point this year,  drug overdose counts in New Jersey climbed to alarming levels. Those involved with drug abuse and overdoses noted that nearly 60% of the deaths were of kids aged 20-26.  It is true that some of these  could have been prevented if the kids were admitted into treatment (drug detox for 10 days, followed by residential rehab or other treatment). But it is also likely that many would have died even if treatment had been arranged, because the overdose was a sudden, unexpected event. They didn't know that last hit would kill them.

Here are some of the key reasons why over 115 New Jerseyans (most in their twenties) have died this year:

Prescription Drugs are considered Safer than Heroin

As young adults experimented with drugs, they watched doctors prescribe numerous high-potency medications for various purposes (post-surgical pain management, sports injury pain management, toothache pain, etc) and came to understand that these pain drugs were pure, controlled, and recommended by doctors. So when it came time to “take some drugs” to get high, those prescription pills were a safer bet than street drugs of unknown composition or purity.

Many who would say they would never engage in street drug activity or “shoot heroin” were willingly ingesting, snorting, or smoking crushed up prescription pills which were, in fact, almost chemically identical to heroin.

Prescription Opiates and Opioids were Readily Available for Years

Opiate and opioid prescription pain killers are highly addicting, yet were readily available for many years in New Jersey. When a physical addiction sets in, the addict must work hard to secure enough supply to stave off the sickness of withdrawal. That is why heroin addicts often turn to petty crimes so quickly… they need more and more drug to stave off withdrawal sickness, and become desperate for money to pay for the drugs.

In effect, the ready supply of powerful prescription drugs in New jersey enabled addictions to advance without some of the real-world pressures associated with drug seeking. Until…

Prescription Opiates and Opioids (Painkillers) suddenly became Scarce

As awareness of the prescription drug addiction problems grew, the controlled channels for addictive prescription pain killers shut down. The New Jersey Prescription Drug Monitoring Program shut down a lot of doctor shopping, which was a primary way to get more than an appropriate amount of a drug by prescription. Various enforcement efforts stepped up, including increased drug take-back and medicine cabinet clean out or lock up awareness campaigns. These efforts removed more drugs from easy reach.  Additionally, enforcement actions taken against “over prescribers” and loosely-managed pharmacies meant the steady supply of pure, high-potency drugs was shutting off.

An unintended consequence of these positive efforts to contain the pill problem was that many unacknowledged pill addictions were left without a supply of pharmaceutical grade drugs of known, controlled dose. Then…

Enter the Heroin Dealer : Supply and Demand

Did you know that many prescription pain killers are just about chemically equivalent to heroin, the most addictive street drug? Faced with an active addiction to pills and a suddenly curtailed supply chain, what would an addicted young adult in New Jersey do?After just a day or two without drugs, the withdrawal sickness can get quite severe.

The drug dealers provided an answer: heroin. Cheaper than ever, and often stronger than ever, heroin became the only acceptable substitute for an addict in desperate need of pills to prevent sickness from withdrawal.

This is where heron detox is the right move — get into a drug detox center as withdrawal sickness threatens. When the pill supply runs out, and the money runs out, the addict faces real challenges. The only options available are much more dangerous than the drug abuse has been up to that point.

Engaging in high-risk, illegal activities to raise money might seem preferable to withdrawal sickness. Taking on debt to the potentially violent drug dealer might start to seem like a good idea. Or starting to sell drugs for profit, to cover the need, despite the risks of arrest and prison. When the addiction is pushing the addict towards the most dangerous drugs on the street, and the highest risk behaviors, the right move is to get into drug detox center under medical care.

At Sunrise Detox our medical assessment quickly sets the stage for managing the addiction. Medications are used to prevent withdrawal sickness from interfering with efforts to get clean of the influence of the drugs. Our focus in on comfort and care, with sincere determination to break thru the physical dependency, while securing whatever medical and perhaps psychological treatment is needed.

The Street Drugs are often Deadly

Detox is also the right move before the addict takes the much bigger risk of ingesting or otherwise using the street version of the drugs. What's been mixed in with the drug? In what concentration?

The dealer can't be trusted. Street drugs are often mixed with various fillers to increase profits, but sometimes are kept extremely pure to encourage further dependency. How do you know what you are getting?

A hit of heroin of unknown purity and composition can be deadly for one person, while tolerable for another. Our kids may have been feeding an active addiction to moderate doses of opioids, and then left to chance their lives with what was supposed to be an equivalent dose, but turns out to be a deadly overdose.

Drugs and Alcohol Don't Mix Well

One of the more common contributors to overdose death on New Jersey is alcohol. Again, a user may have become accustomed to a specific dose of prescription drugs, and survived taking them with alcohol, but then die from a deadly mixture of the same alcohol with street heroin of unexpectedly purity or composition.

We Need Education, Prevention, Awareness, Intervention, and Treatment

All of this is needed to fix the problems we're experiencing in New Jersey right now. We need to recognize addiction for what it is – a physical and psychological dependency on substances which change our bodies and minds, so we are not in control of our actions and futures. We need to intervene as soon as we have an opportunity. Get the individual into medical detox or addiction treatment, in any way possible, to begin the process of regaining control over the addiction. And then, through determination, commitment, and unconditional love and acceptance, help move them towards successful recovery. It won't be easy, but it can be done.

Every addiction drives the victim hard towards and end, but addiction doesn't have to end in death. Intervene as soon as you have a chance, and please ask for help. If Sunrise Detox can help, call us at  888-443-3869.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drug Take Back Day in New Jersey: Saturday Oct 26

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day – Oct. 26, 2013

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the DEA will be holding National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you will be able to anonymously dispose of your excess prescription and over-the-counter medications at any of numerous collection sites. In the Morristown, NJ area, more than 90 collection sites will be made available to you.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is intended to help people to safely dispose of their excess medications. As we know, unused medication can be a dangerous lure for those who suffer from drug problems. Additionally, if you attempt to dispose of prescription or over-the-counter medications yourself by flushing them or pouring them down the drain, you can damage our water systems. If you throw away your unused medications, animals or plants can be harmed by them as well.

Here is a list of Drug Take-Back locations in Northern New Jersey:

Northern New Jersey drug take-back locations.

Northern New Jersey drug take-back locations.


Allendale: Allendale Police Department
Allendale Police Department, 290 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale NJ, 07401, NJ

Bayonne: Bayonne Police Department
Bayonne Police Department, 630 Avenue C, Bayonne NJ, 07002, NJ

Bergenfield: Bergenfield Police Department
Bergenfield Police Department, 198 North Washington Ave., Bergenfield NJ, 07621, NJ

Berkeley Heights: Berkeley Heights Police Department
Berkeley Heights Police Department, 29 Park Ave., Berkeley Heights NJ, 07922, NJ

Bernardsville: Bernardsville Police Department
Bernardsville Police Department, 166 Minebrook Rd., Bernardsville NJ, 07924, NJ

Bloomfield: Bloomfield Police Department
Bloomfield Police Department, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield NJ, 07003, NJ

Bloomingdale: Bloomingdale Police Department
Bloomingdale Police Department, 101 Hamburg Turnpike, Bloomingdale NJ, 07403, NJ

Bound Brook: Bound Brook Police Department
Bound Brook Police Department, 226 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook NJ, 08805, NJ

Stanhope: Byram Twp. Police Department
Shop Rite, 90 Route 206, Stanhope NJ, 07874, NJ

Carteret: Carteret Police Department
Carteret Police Department, 230 Roosevelt Ave., Carteret NJ, 07008, NJ

Cedar Grove: Cedar Grove Police Department
Cedar Grove Police Department, 525 Route 23, Cedar Grove NJ, 07009, NJ

Chester: Chester Twp. Police Department
Chester Twp. Police Department, 1 Parker Road, Chester NJ, 07930, NJ

Clark: Clark Police Department
Clark Police Department, 315 Westfield Ave., Clark NJ, 07066, NJ

Cliffside Park: Cliffside Park Police Department
Cliffside Park Police Department, 525 Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park NJ, 07010, NJ

Cranford: Cranford Police Department
Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford NJ, 07016, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division
Richmond University Medical Center, Main Lobby, 335 Bard Avenue, Staten Island NY, 10310, NJ

Brooklyn: Dea New York Division
New York City Police Department Brooklyn 68 Precinct, 333 65Th Street (Bay Ridge), Brooklyn NY, 11220, NJ

New York: Dea New York Division, 10 Precinct
New York City Police Department Manhattan, 230 West 20Th Street Chelsea, New York NY, 10011, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, 123Rd Precinct
New York City Police Department Staten Island, 116 Main Street (Tottenville), Staten Island NY, 10307, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, Chris Hollie
Staten Island University Hospital South Campus, 375 Seguine Ave (Lobby), Staten Island NY, 10309, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, Chris Hollie 718-226-1911
Staten Island University Hospital North Campus, 475 Seaview Ave (Lobby), Staten Island NY, 10305, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, Precinct 120
New York City Police Department Staten Island, 78 Richmond Terrace (Stgeorge), Staten Island NY, 10301, NJ

Staten Island: Dea New York Division, Precinct 122
New York Police Department Staten Island, 2320 Hylan Avenue (New Dorp), Staten Island NY, 10306, NJ

New York: Dea New York Division, Precinct 7
New York City Police Department Manhattan, 19 1/2 Pitt Street Lower East Side, New York NY, 10002, NJ

Brooklyn: Dea New York Division, Precinct 84
New York City Police Department Brooklyn, 301 Gold Street, Brooklyn NY, 11201, NJ

East Hanover: East Hanover Police Department
East Hanover Police Department, 2 Deforest Ave., East Hanover NJ, 07936, NJ

East Rutherford: East Rutherford Police Department
East Rutherford Police Department, 117 Stanley St., East Rutherford NJ, 07073, NJ

Edison: Edison Police Department
Edison Police Department, 100 Municipal Blvd, Edison NJ, 08817, NJ

Essex Fells: Essex Fells Police Department
Essex Fells Police Department, 255 Roseland Ave., Essex Fells NJ, 07021, NJ

Fairfield: Fairfield Twp. Police Department
Fairfield Police Department, 230 Fairfield Road, Fairfield NJ, 07004, NJ

Florham Park: Florham Park Police Department
Florham Park Police Department, 111 Ridgedale Ave., Florham Park NJ, 07932, NJ

Somerset: Franklin Twp. Police Department
Franklin Police Department, 495 Demott Lane, Somerset NJ, 08873, NJ

Garfield: Garfield Police Department
Garfield Police Department, 411 Midland Ave., Garfield NJ, 07026, NJ

Glen Rock: Glen Rock Police Department
Glen Rock Police Department, 1 Harding Plaza, Glen Rock NJ, 07452, NJ

Hackettstown: Hackettstown Police Department
Hackettstown Police Department, 215 Stiger St., Hackettstown NJ, 07840, NJ

Haledon: Haledon Police Department
Haledon Police Department, 510 Belmont Ave., Haledon NJ, 07508, NJ

Hasbrouck Heights: Hasbrouck Heights Police Department
Hasbrouck Heights Police Department, 320 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights NJ, 07604, NJ

Hawthorne: Hawthorne Police Department
Hawthorne Police Department, 445 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne NJ, 07506, NJ

High Bridge: High Bridge Borough Police Department
High Bridge Borough Police Department, 99 West Main Street, High Bridge NJ, 08829, NJ

Highland Park: Highland Park Police Department
Highland Park Police Department, 222 South 6Th Ave., Highland Park NJ, 08904, NJ

Hopatcong: Hopatcong Borough Police Department
Hopatcong Police Department- Lobby, 111 River Styx, Hopatcong NJ, 07843, NJ

Jersey City: Hudson County Sheriff'S Office
Hudson County Sheriff'S Office, 257 Cornelison Avenue, Jersey City NJ, 07302, NJ

Oak Ridge: Jefferson Twp. Police Department
Jefferson Twp. Police Department, 1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge NJ, 07438, NJ

Kearny: Kearny Police Department
Kearny Police Department, 237 Laurel Ave., Kearny NJ, 07032, NJ

Kenilworth: Kenilworth Police Department
Kenilworth Police Department, 567 Boulevard, Kenilworth NJ, 07033, NJ

Livingston: Livingston Twp. Police Department
Livingston Twp. Police Department, 333 South Livingston Ave., Livingston NJ, 07039, NJ

Mahwah: Mahwah Police Department
Mahwah Police Department, 221 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah NJ, 07430, NJ

Manville: Manville Police Department
Manville Police Deparment, 2 North Main Street, Manville NJ, 08835, NJ

Maplewood: Maplewood Police Department
Maplewood Police Department, 1618 Springfield Ave., Maplewood NJ, 07040, NJ

Maywood: Maywood Police Department
Maywood Police Department, 15 Park Ave., Maywood NJ, 07607, NJ

Mendham: Mendham Borough Police Department
Morris County Police Academy, 3 Cold Hill Road South, Mendham NJ, 07945, NJ

Metuchen: Metuchen Police Department
Metuchen Borough Hall, 500 Main Street, Metuchen NJ, 08840, NJ

South River: Middlesex County Sheriffs Office
Middlesex County Sheriffs Office, 701 Livingston Ave., South River NJ, 08882, NJ

Middlesex: Middlesex Police Department
Middlesex Police Department, 1101 Mountain Ave., Middlesex NJ, 08846, NJ

Midland Park: Midland Park Police Department
Midland Park Police Department, 280 Godwin Ave., Midland Park NJ, 07432, NJ

Milltown: Milltown Police Department
Milltown Police Department, 39 Washington Ave., Milltown NJ, 08850, NJ

Montclair: Montclair Police Department
Montclair Police Department, 647 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair NJ, 07042, NJ

Morris Plains: Morris County Prosecutor'S Office
Stop & Shop Supermarket, 245 Littleton Rd., Morris Plains NJ, 07950, NJ

Randolph: Morris County Prosecutor'S Office
Randolph Town Hall, 502 Millbrook Ave., Randolph NJ, 07869, NJ

Mountain Lakes: Mountain Lakes Police Department
Mountain Lakes Fire Department, 400 Blvd, Mountain Lakes NJ, 07046, NJ

Mountainside: Mountainside Police Department
Mountainside Police Department, 1385 Rt. 22 East, Mountainside NJ, 07092, NJ

New Brunswick: New Brunswick Police Department
New Brunswick Police Department, 25 Kirkpatrick St., New Brunswick NJ, 08901, NJ

New Providence: New Providence Police Department
New Providence Police Department, 360 Elkwood Ave., New Providence NJ, 07974, NJ

North Arlington: North Arlington Police Department
H&B Pharmacy, 98 Ridge Road, North Arlington NJ, 07031, NJ

North Brunswick: North Brunswick Police Department
North Brunswick Police Department, 710 Hermann Rd., North Brunswick NJ, 08902, NJ

North Plainfield: North Plainfield Police Department
North Plainfield Police Department, 263 Somerset St., North Plainfield NJ, 07060, NJ

Nutley: Nutley Police Department
Nutley Police Department, 228 Chestnut Street, Nutley NJ, 07110, NJ

Ogdensburg: Ogdendburg Police Department
Ogdensburg Police Department, 14 Highland Ave., Ogdensburg NJ, 07439, NJ

Palisades Park: Palisades Park Police Department
Palisades Park Police Department, 275 Broad Ave., Palisades Park NJ, 07650, NJ

Piscataway: Piscataway Police Department
Piscataway Police Department, 555 Sidney Road, Piscataway NJ, 08854, NJ

Rahway: Rahway Police Department
Rahway Police Department, 1 City Hall Plaza, Rahway NJ, 07065, NJ

Ramsey: Ramsey Police Department
Ramsey Police Department, 25 North Central Avenue, Ramsey NJ, 07446, NJ

Whitehouse Station: Readington Twp. Police Department
Readington Twp. Police Department, 507 Rt. 523, Whitehouse Station NJ, 08889, NJ

Ridgefield: Ridgefield Borough Police Department
Ridgefield Municipal Building, 604 Broad Ave., Ridgefield NJ, 07657, NJ

Ridgefield Park: Ridgefield Park Police Department
Ridgefield Park Police Department, 234 Main St., Ridgefield Park NJ, 07660, NJ

Ridgewood: Ridgewood Police Department
Ridgewood Police Department, 131 N. Maple Avenue, 2Nd Floor, Ridgewood NJ, 07450, NJ

Ringwood: Ringwood Police Department
Ringwood Police Department, 60 Margaret King Ave., Ringwood NJ, 07456, NJ

River Edge: River Edge Police Department
River Edge Police Department, 705 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge NJ, 07661, NJ

Rochelle Park: Rochelle Park Twp. Police Department
Rochelle Park Police Department, 151 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park NJ, 07662, NJ

Succasunna: Roxbury Twp. Police Department
Roxbury Recreation Center, 72 Eyland Ave., Succasunna NJ, 07876, NJ

New Brunswick: Rutgers Unitverity Police Department
Rutgers Student Center- Community Policing Office, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick NJ, 08901, NJ

Rutherford: Rutherford Police Department
Rutherford Police Dept., 184 Park Ave., Rutherford NJ, 07070, NJ

Hillsborough: Somerset County Sheriff'S Office
South County Public Works Garage, 410 Roycefield Rd., Hillsborough NJ, 08844, NJ

Somerville: Somerville Police Department
Somerville Police Department, 24 S. Bridge St., Somerville NJ, 08876, NJ

South Plainfield: South Plainfield Police Department
South Plainfield Police Department, 2480 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield NJ, 07080, NJ

South River: South River Police Department
South River Police Department, 61 Main Street, South River NJ, 08882, NJ

Sparta: Sparta Twp. Police Department
Sparta Twp. Police Department, 65 Main Street, Sparta NJ, 07871, NJ

Summit: Summit Police Department
Summit Pd, 512 Springfield Ave., Summit NJ, 07901, NJ

Teaneck: Teaneck Police Department
Teaneck Police Department, 900 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck NJ, 07666, NJ

Waldwick: Waldwick Police Department
Waldwick Public Safety Complex, 15 E. Prospect St., Waldwick NJ, 07463, NJ

Warren: Warren Twp. Police Department
Warren Twp. Police Department, 44 Mountain Blvd., Warren NJ, 07059, NJ

Long Valley: Washington Twp. Police Department
Washington Twp. Police Department, 1 East Springtown Road, Long Valley NJ, 07853, NJ

Washington Township: Washington Twp. Police Department
Washington Twp. Police Department, 350 Hudson Ave., Washington Township NJ, 07676, NJ

Watchung: Watchung Police Department
Watchung Police Department, 840 Somerset St., Watchung NJ, 07069, NJ

Wayne: Wayne Twp. Police Department
Wayne Police Department, 475 Valley Road, Wayne NJ, 07470, NJ

West Caldwell: West Caldwell Police Department
West Caldwell Police Department, 21 Clinton Road, West Caldwell NJ, 07006, NJ

West Orange: West Orange Police Department
West Orange Town Hall, 66 Main Street, West Orange NJ, 07052, NJ

Westfield: Westfield Police Department
Westfield Police Department, 425 E. Broad St., Westfield NJ, 07090, NJ

Woodbridge: Woodbridge Police Department
Woodbridge Police Department, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge NJ, 07095, NJ

Wyckoff: Wyckoff Police Department
Wyckoff Police Department, 1 Scott Plaza, Wyckoff NJ, 07481, NJ

“Prescription Drug Abuse: Society’s Newest Epidemic” Ira Levy On the Air Friday June 21 12:00 Noon

Ira Levy will be helping to educate and inform as he participates in a discussion of the prescription drug abuse epidemic

Ira Levy of Sunrise Detox in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will join Dr. Lisa Stewart of VoiceAmerica for a radio show about the prescription drug abuse epidemic in America.

Ira Levy will be a guest on a special episode of Voice America's Health and Wellness program this Friday, June 21, at noon. Ira will provide insights into what is being called the “new epidemic” of prescription drug abuse and addiction.

Over the past several years prescription drug abuse (especially misuse of opioid pain killer medicines) has surged beyond anyone's expectations. Addiction to these drugs is one of the leading causes of preventable death in America.

Sunrise Detox treats thousands of patients every year for substance abuse, and prescription drugs compete with alcohol for the top substance abuse issue month after month. While government administrators and drug enforcement agents often spout statistics about crime and bad people doing drugs, Ira will show how regular everyday good people are suffering the consequences of addiction. Addictive substances now follow everyday events like minor injuries, doctor's orders, and everyday life challenges.

Drug addiction is no longer a problem for only “drug addicts”. Powerful opioid pain killers show up in almost everyone's medicine cabinet these days.

  • “Prescription Drug Abuse – Society’s Newest Epidemic” featuring Ira Levy of Sunrise Detox
  • Hosted by Dr. Lisa Stewart
  • June 21, 2013 at 12 noon Eastern time or via Podcast published after the show

From the studio:

Most people have had pain medication prescribed to them by a physician at some point in their lives. The recovery from knee and back surgery, for example, can be long and painful. What are the dangers of taking these prescribed pain medications? How can we avoid the damage caused by addiction to these medications that are supposed to be helping us? What can both doctors and patients do to become more aware of the dangers? Join Dr. Lisa Stewart as she talks with Ira Levy, an addictions specialist, about this national epidemic. Learn important information about the addiction cycle as it pertains to pain medication, and preventative measures that can be taken on an individual level to avoid the nightmare of physical and psychological addiction. Treatment options and specific strategies for this population of addicts will also be discussed.