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Industrial Opioid Disaster – With 3000+ NJ Deaths, Governor Murphy Announces New Initiatives to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

CAMDEN, NJ:  – Governor Phil Murphy and the Murphy Administration today unveiled several new initiatives to strengthen New Jersey’s fight against the opioid epidemic. In 2018, more than 3,000 individuals in New Jersey died due to overdoses. “The opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across our state,” said Governor Murphy. “As we combat this crisis, it is critical that we use data-driven, evidence-based strategies to support…
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Pharmacist and pharmacy technician sentenced to prison for diverting hundreds of thousands of opioids

PHOENIX, AZ: by  ICE Office of Public Affairs – Pharmacist Vilawoe Aku Boadu, 39, of Peoria, Ariz., was sentenced Thursday by District Judge Steven P. Logan to 120 months in prison. Zinka Sisic, 30, of Phoenix, who worked as a Pharmacy Technician for Boadu, was previously sentenced to 48 months in prison. Boadu and Sisic were both convicted of conspiring to distribute controlled substances and conspiring…
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Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2018 – White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director Jim Carroll and Department of Agriculture Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse (PDF,…
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ONDCP Salutes President Trump’s Signing of Historic Opioids Package

Washington, DC: - Today, President Trump signed into law historic legislation – the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act – to strengthen our efforts to combat the opioid crisis. “From day one of this Administration, President Trump has called upon a whole of government approach to combat our addiction crisis,” said Deputy Director James Carroll of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy…
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President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand

"We will work to strengthen vulnerable families and communities, and we will help to build and grow a stronger, healthier, and drug-free society." President Donald J. Trump ADDRESSING THE DRIVING FORCES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS: President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse is confronting the driving forces behind the opioid crisis. This Administration secured $6 billion in new funding over two years to…
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DEA and partners hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27

DEA aims to dispose of 10 million pounds of unused pills   WASHINGTON – After collecting a total of more than million pounds (nearly 5,000 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications during 15 previous events over the past eight years, the Drug Enforcement Administration expects to reach a total of 10 million pounds collected following the upcoming fall 2018 Take back event. DEA and…
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Medical Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Distributing Opioids, Barbiturates, and Benzodiazepines

The Medical Director of a substance abuse treatment center in Wellington, Florida, pled guilty today to unlawfully distributing controlled substances (opioids, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines). Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; Michael J. De Palma, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI);…
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Dark Web Administrator Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Narcotics Trafficking and Money Laundering

Southern District of Florida (release) - A French national who was serving at times as an administrator and senior moderator on one of the largest dark web criminal marketplaces was sentenced to 20 years in prison today, after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District…
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Health

CANCER AWARENESS – Alcohol Causes Cancer and Cost Taxpayers $2.+ per drink

Alcohol is known to be a risk factor for cancers of the head and neck (mouth, throat, and voice box), liver, colon, rectum, and breast.  The cost of this dangerous behavior impacts many aspects of the drinker’s life and the lives of those around them. However, most of the costs resulted from losses in workplace productivity (72% of the total cost), health care expenses for treating problems caused by excessive drinking (11%…
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International Overdose Awareness Day NJ

NewJerseyStrong .com NEWS - WATCH NEWS VIDEO - Capitol County holds International Overdose Awareness Day. Robbinsville, NJ: The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Robbinsville Township, and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County hold a candlelight vigil for those who lost their lives to Opioid overdose. At least 72,000 people overdose on opioids per year in the United States. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held…
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