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The Moyer Foundation's Camp Mariposa


Children living with family members who struggle with a substance use disorder are often left out of the conversation about the impact of addiction. These children are at a greater risk to suffer from depression, anxiety, health and learning challenges and develop a substance use disorder of their own. The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Mariposa program focuses on the needs of these children and their families.

NJTV honored some heroes in the fight against New Jersey’s heroin epidemic.
Those receiving the Everyday Heroes Communication Award, were:

  • Law Enforcement: Joseph D. Coronato, Ocean County Prosecutor
  • Education Award (Non-profit organization):Angelo M. Valente, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids New Jersey
  • Media Partner:Stephen Stirling,, NJ Advance Media
  • Community based-organization/Advocates: Paul Ressler, TOPAC
  • Advocates: Patty DiRenzo
  • Special Voices AwardAlicia Cook

Daytop seeks computers, instruments and more

MENDHAM - Daytop New Jersey is seeking donations of unwanted computers, Ipads, musical instruments and other types of technology to be used by residents.

Daytop New Jersey’s music program was recognized for "Excellence In Addiction Treatment" by the Mental Health Association of N.J. Teens have the opportunity to learn to play instruments, write songs, perform and learn to record and shoot videos.

“Being able to record their music and have a finished product to share with family and friends gives these students the opportunity to be successful,” said Jimmy Curtin, president/CEO at Daytop.

Kathy Moser, music teacher, said music has many benefits for young people.

The Lt. Governor and her team are presenting at our upcoming Recovery Advocacy Summit. They will be talking about the state wide funding initiatives, the NJ Addiction Hot Line (IME) and the roles that Recovery Coaches will have within state. We are honored to have her participate in such an important event and will bring a wealth of information.

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The Heroin Overdose Mystery

Your hugs and kisses could help save a life

January 17, 2017

January 2, 2017
Gov. Chris Christie chose the shortest day of the year - Dec. 21 - to highlight a plague that has long held New Jersey in its grip.

At a candlelight vigil on the steps of the State House, as the late afternoon daylight faded, the governor presided over an event designed to honor survivors of drug addictions and those who work with recovering drug users.

It was a powerful statement, as well as a reminder of the tough job still ahead for 2017.

About 28,000 of our state's residents sought treatment for drug addiction last year, NJSpotlight reported after the somber gathering. About 1,200 of our neighbors died.

Dec 1 The Rosenthal Report


Published December 8, 2016

The Rosenthal Report, published each month by the Rosenthal Center for Addiction Studies, brings its readers insights and commentary on current issues of drug use.


In a fact-packed and ambitious document titled Facing Addiction in America, The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy declares, “It is time to change how we as a society address alcohol and drug misuse and substance use disorders,” and indeed it is. But, while the report released last month is filled with useful information about drug use, treatment, and recovery, the public health strategy at the heart of Dr. Murthy's scenario for addressing rising levels of substance misuse and a nationwide epidemic of opioid addiction is fatally flawed.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - As part of the sixth Season of Service, Giving the Gift of Support, Governor Chris Christie along with the Facing Addiction Task Force, Pastor Joe A. Carter and the New Hope Baptist Church (Newark), hosted a Candlelight Vigil in support of people, families, and loved ones impacted by substance use issues and honored the lives taken by addiction.

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What's Behind the Rise in Cocaine-Linked Deaths?

By Kimberly Leonard | Staff Writer Jan. 3, 2017

America’s opioid epidemic is fueling a startling increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths in recent years, as users mix deadly cocktails involving the stimulant that had otherwise shown encouraging signs of stalling impact, according to a U.S. News analysis of mortality data.

The findings raise serious concerns about the extent to which drug users are mixing cocaine, which can result in overdose on its own, with even more deadly drugs like heroin and fentanyl, a strong synthetic opioid. It also raises questions about whether people are mixing the drugs intentionally or are falling victim to tainted products. Click on button to read more.

Sgt. Danielle LoRusso with the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office oversees a mock search of a teen's bedroom. The exercise was designed to enlighten parents as to the lengths teens will go to hide their addiction.

Agencies focused on addiction recovery will hold a forum for law enforcement Rider University in January.
The RED (Raising & Educating Drug Smart Communities) Forum on Jan. 6 will bring together leaders from grassroots organizations, governmental agencies and law enforcement to talk about existing programs and opportunities for collaboration.

So far this year, the number of people who died from a heroin overdose in Mercer County is greater than the number of murders that have occurred throughout all 12 municipalities.

This is the second year in a row that heroin overdose deaths have outnumbered murders in the county.

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Commentary: We must prevent the need for Narcan

Commentary: We must prevent the need for Narcan

Brian K. Everett 11:21 p.m. ET Jan. 1, 2017

I’ve long been a critic of the sort of celebratory rhetoric that sometimes surrounds Narcan. Why? Because our society should not even be here. We should not be celebrating that we’ve systemically let an addiction epidemic get so out of hand that we now require emergency responders, and teachers, to be equipped with an overdose antidote. Sure, Narcan does indeed reverse an overdose, and fast, and should still be distributed while the addiction crisis is still so prevalent. It can save lives. To read more press the 'Read More' button.

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SAMHSA sat down with him to hear his ideas about his work, the relationship between Office of National Drug Control Policy and SAMHSA, and where the field of recovery is headed.

"You have to hit rock bottom before you can recover." As an addict, my sister heard this countless times. But what is rock bottom?

Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts & Figures

American Society of Addiction Medicine

Opioid Addiction

• Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit
prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and
• Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain
and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain.
• Addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an individual
pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

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An unprecedented trend in fatalities was discovered from newly obtained government statistics, which indicate that the number of deaths in the United States caused by heroin overdoses exceeded the total number of gun homicides last year.

Governor Chris Christie today signed legislation to enhance and expand addiction treatment opportunities and improve relationships between law enforcement officers and those suffering from addiction.