January 17, 2013 |
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey. It surpassed traffic fatalities in 2009, when 752 people died, according to a drug policy advocacy group. Of those deaths, 75 percent involved heroin or prescription opiates, a growing addiction problem in New Jersey and the nation. Legislators tried to address the issue last year when they approved the Good Samaritan Emergency Response Act, a bill that offered limited criminal amnesty to drug users who call for help when someone has overdosed.
January 8, 2013 |
The New Jersey chapter of the country's largest drug-abuse prevention program for schoolchildren is in jeopardy of losing its charter in a dispute over a national curriculum it says is unproved. The state chapter of Drug Abuse Resistance Education, popularly known as D.A.R.E., introduced an alternate curriculum in New Jersey elementary schools in July, allegedly without seeking approval of its parent organization, D.A.R.E. America. The move came after the New Jersey Association of School Administrators notified New Jersey D.A.R.E.
January 3, 2013
What a top prosecutor calls "the fastest-growing drug problem" in America isn't about dope dealers on a street corner. It starts inside doctors' offices, clinics, hospital emergency rooms, and at pharmacy counters - where painkillers are acquired by prescription. The rampant abuse of addictive drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone contributes to an overdose epidemic now viewed by federal health officials as the leading U.S. cause of accidental death, and Pennsylvania is high on the list of problem states.
December 16, 2012
Peter Mandel is an author of books for children, including the new "Jackhammer Sam" (Macmillan/Roaring Brook) The Internet is a nearly infinite universe of things I do not want to know. I can usually ignore the boasts, the shards of opinion, and the superfluous stuff. But one fact sticks in my craw: There are people who brazenly use my name. I'm not alone in this. The journalist David F. Carr shares most of his name with the well-known New York Times columnist David M. Carr. It didn't seem so bad, F. Carr recently said, except that M. Carr chronicled his years of drug abuse in his memoir.
November 22, 2012 |
Older teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are much less likely to commit a crime while on ADHD medication, a provocative study from Sweden found. It also showed in dramatic fashion how much more prone people with ADHD are to break the law - four to seven times more likely than others. The findings suggest that Ritalin, Adderall, and other drugs that curb hyperactivity and boost attention remain important beyond the school-age years and that wider use of these medications in older patients might help curb crime.
October 19, 2012 |
An accidental overdose of heroin caused the Aug. 5 death of Garrett Reid, son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek announced at an afternoon news conference. The cause of death will be listed as "acute opiate (heroin) toxicity" and classified as "accidental," Lysek said. The finding confirms what many, including the coach himself, suspected, because of Garrett Reid's history of drug abuse. The body of Garrett Reid, 29, was found in a Lehigh University dormitory room during Eagles training camp.
October 12, 2012 |
Patty DiRenzo describes how she felt Friday when she heard that Gov. Christie had vetoed New Jersey's "911 Good Samaritan" legislation. "It was like I'd been punched in the stomach," the Blackwood legal secretary says. The measure, for which DiRenzo, 53, had lobbied for two years, would spare those who summon emergency aid for drug-overdose victims from potentially facing drug charges themselves. The proposal needs more scrutiny, according to Christie, a former federal prosecutor who has shown similar caution about establishing the state's medical-marijuana program.
October 4, 2012 |
Salvatore Marchese completed treatment for heroin addiction, but his success was shortlived: An overdose left him dead in a car in Camden. The 2010 death of the 26-year-old Blackwood resident was part of a growing epidemic of heroin use and abuse of prescription pain killers in the suburbs, according to experts who met Tuesday. Members of a task force created by the governor held the last of several public hearings to study the problem and potential reforms. The concerns they heard included denials from insurance companies to pay for drug rehabilitation, and too few facilities to treat drug addiction.
October 3, 2012 |
TRENTON - Former Johnson & Johnson CEO James E. Burke, who steered the health-care giant through the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980s that resulted in the first tamper-resistant product packaging, has died. The company said Burke died late Friday at the age of 87, after a long, unspecified illness. Burke, who ran the New Brunswick, N.J., company for 13 of his 37 years there, also had a big impact in his second career, as chairman of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America for 16 years.
September 30, 2012 |
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families this week rejected a request from a child-advocacy group for records on the state's handling of the case of Zahree Thomas, 2, whose mother killed him last month. Chevonne Thomas, 34, committed suicide shortly after decapitating her son. She called 911 at 12:11 a.m. Aug. 22 to report his death and, after initially blaming her boyfriend, admitted to a dispatcher that she had stabbed Zahree. The department had been monitoring the Camden woman, who had a history of mental illness and drug abuse.