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Why this police department now needs to carry Narcan for dogs

EVESHAM TWP -- Seeing the potential threat fentanyl exposure can pose to the K9s tasked with sniffing out illicit drugs, police here have equipped officers to treat dogs in the event of an overdose.

Law enforcement officials have recently come to see that the opioid crisis is affecting not only the drug's users, but also police officers who are exposed to it through their line of work and may need doses of Narcan, a drug that combats the effects of opioids.

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June 6, 2017

TOPAC received the proclamation shown to the above in recognition of their commitment to helping Mercer County.

Governor Chris Christie signed into law N.J. S295/A2234 a bill that will now allow small pharmacies to dispense the anti-overdose medication, Naloxone, to be dispensed without an individual prescription.

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Wild Lettuce as a Healthy Alternative - Lactuca Virosa, the scientific name, has been used by many people for pain. It’s a leafy and tall plant, with small yellow buds, and could be grown right out your door. More commonly found in North America and England, it’s a cousin to the lettuce we typically see at the grocery store. It’s also referred to as bitter lettuce, or more appropriately for the purpose discussed here, opium lettuce.

TOPAC - New Training Schedule

TOPAC - New Training Schedule

June 15, 2017

In an effort to accommodate those who would like Naloxone training at TOPAC's office, but were unable to attend the pre-scheduled dates, TOPAC has changed the training procedure. If you would like to receive Naloxone training please either call 609-581-0600 to discuss our trainer's availability or email us at: and provide us with your phone numner, a few days and times that you are available and we will contact you to discuss. Please note: we would prefer to have training no later than 7:30 p.m.

For Medicaid recipients in NJ, options for in-patient detox are limited. At this time there are only seven facilities that accept Medicaid for detox. Bergen Regional, in Paramus, has 90 beds for detox average waitlist of 5-14 days: St. Clare’s, in Boonton, has 16 beds for detox with a waitlist of approx.y 14 days: Christ Hospital, in Jersey City, has 8 beds for detox with a waitlist of 3-7 days: Hunterdon Medical Center, in Flemington, has 14 beds available for detox: and Princeton House, in Princeton, has a total of 27 beds across two programs for detox. For AtlantiCare in Atlantic county (could not confirm the number of beds available). Finally, Straight and Narrow, in Paterson, has 20 beds for detox, though we have been told that they are only for people aged 18 to 21 (the same age limitation exists for New Hope and Maryville).

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Not long ago, I visited a Narcotics Anonymous meeting where men with tattoos and short-cropped hair sat in a circle and talked out their errors.

One had lived under an overpass, pimping his girlfriend’s daughter for cash to buy heroin. As the thought brought him to tears, his neighbor patted his shoulder. Others owned to stealing from grandparents, to losing jobs and children. Soon, most in the room — men with years of street addiction behind them — were wiping their eyes.

What made the meeting remarkable, however, was not the stories, but where it was taking place.

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.

Top federal health officials recently said that they will launch a joint effort with pharmaceuticals companies to accelerate the development of drugs aimed at helping to curb the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Francis S. Collins, of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Nora D. Volkow, who heads one of its components, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), announced a public-private partnership aimed at cutting in half the time ordinarily needed to develop new therapies.

Authorities seized $200,000 in raw heroin in raids targeting a Trenton heroin mill that led to three arrests following a four-month investigation, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office announced.

The Mercer County Narcotics Task Force conducted the raids Monday following the investigation dubbed "Operation Johnny Be Good," which included undercover purchases of heroin and countless hours of surveillance, the prosecutor's office said. Authorities also seized $35,000 in cash.

Opiates and the Tristate Area - Opiate addiction has impacted every region of the United States, from the smallest rural towns to the largest cities. No area has been spared, but some have been hit especially hard- including the tristate area of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has called heroin “the biggest threat to public health in the Northeast,” ... The region where New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York meet is ideal for transporting drugs throughout multiple states, resulting in a drug problem that has devastated this region.

TOPAC - Training Report

TOPAC - Training Report

Mar 2014 to May 20017

TOPAC's training program includes education about: the Overdose Prevention Act, which protects individuals who call 911 to report an overdose from prosecution pertaining to possessing drugs and drug paraphenalia; how to recognize a drug overdose; and how to administer Naloxone, an anti-overdose medication. Above is a report reflecting the number of people who have been trained by TOPAC.

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Drug Deactivation Pack

Drug Deactivation Pack

Contact the Southwest Council to learn more

Email the following address to learn how you can obtain a kit.

America’s opioid problem has turned into a full-blown emergency now that illicit fentanyl and related synthetic drugs are turning up regularly on our streets. This fentanyl, made in China and trafficked through Mexico, is 25 to 50 times as potent as heroin. One derivation, carfentanil, is a tranquilizer for large animals that’s a staggering 1,000 to 5,000 times as powerful.

Psychiatric drugs killing more users than heroin, cocaine, say health experts

Health professionals are sounding the alarm over the heightened risk of death linked to the use of psychiatric drugs, which was highlighted in a pair of Vancouver-based studies published this month.

Benzodiazepine (BZD) is a class of psychiatric medications known as “tranquillizers” which can reduce the body’s drive to breathe and are used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, seizures, and other conditions. They include commonly prescribed drugs such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan.