10th Take Back Day Event Hits Hudson County, Last Year 309 Tons of Rx Drugs Collected

10th Take Back Day Event Hits Hudson County, Last Year 309 Tons of Rx Drugs Collected

It’s that time of year again, where you can turn in your unused prescription medications, no questions asked! The Take Back Event will be hosted in Hudson County, according to NJ. But why you ask? Millions have been exposed to opiates, and other prescription medications, from the confines of family members’ cabinets. The Take Back Event helps families and friends to ensure their prescriptions will not be sampled by curious teens, or others. Safely disposing of unused prescription medications is a hurdle in our nation, so to solve that six Hudson County Police Departments are helping to take back back what you didn’t mean to leave out there in the first place! Participating in the Take Back Event helps spread awareness about the dangers of leaving prescription medications unattended- which many people don’t stop to consider. (We didn’t exactly get an introductory course in this stuff for school!) The following Police Departments will have drop-off collection bins available for use in Hudson County, according to NJ:   Hoboken Police Department – 400 First St., Hoboken Hoboken Police Department – 106 Hudson St., Hoboken Hoboken Police Department – 221 Jackson St., Hoboken Hoboken Police Department – 311 13th St., Hoboken Kearny Police Department – 237 Laurel Ave., Kearny Bayonne Police Department – 630 Ave. C, Bayonne   If you have prescription medications laying around your bathroom, head on over to the event, and help spread addiction awareness everywhere!   What do you think about the Take Back...
Mike Tyson Speaks at Newark Drug Court Graduation

Mike Tyson Speaks at Newark Drug Court Graduation

Drug Court is another option for drug offenders. Usually this option is given when the offender crime is non-violent. The whole point of Drug Court is for offenders to get the help they need instead of being locked up. State officials control how long the program should be but participants must complete the whole program. In order to complete the program offenders must receive treatment, go back to school and receive their GED, and maintain a job to pay off any fines or save up for after the program. This program helps addicts and also gives them something to complete when most of them have never completed something in their whole life. Mike Tyson, former heavyweight champion of the world, spoke at a Newark drug court graduation. Tyson struggled with drug addiction most of his career. Tyson has been clean over 4 years and wanted to speak at this graduation for free. Tyson warned the 17 graduates that this is only the first step and more tasks will be in you way and you must put your best foot forward to not fall back in that hole. Tyson also shared personal information and talked about how his mother was an addict and that led him to his own addiction that he struggled with for a while. The Essex County program has more than 600 participants and it usually takes 5 years for someone to complete their program, according to nj. Having a celebrity speak at the graduation showed that famous people go through the same thing as regular Joe’s. It also shows that if Tyson can overcome his addiction...
Drug Drop-Off Sites are Now Statewide in New Jersey

Drug Drop-Off Sites are Now Statewide in New Jersey

Usually drug addicts don’t have a safe haven where they can relieve their stress but also find the help that they need. Some say that addicts only want to get help when they have reached rock bottom. That might be true for some cases but not all. Sometimes it only takes an addict to lose an important item or a loved one. When it’s time for addicts to find help they often don’t know the first place to start. The first place they might go to is to a family member’s house and ask for help. But many families who have been riddled with the disease of addiction grow suspicious because of the past things those suffering from untreated addiction use disorders have done while addicted to drugs. Next an addict might try to enroll themselves into a rehab center, but many are barred from doing so because of their financial standing, or due to overcrowding. Getting help starts to look like futile, until teh police station steps in. More than seven police departments have created drop boxes where addicts can dispose of drugs without any consequences. Police departments have created this new disposal because community drug levels have increased dramatically. Within the 50 states they have collected more than 2,000 tons of illegal drugs. Addicts are starting to trust police even though in the not-so-distant-past they could get arrested by surrendering drug paraphernalia to officers, according to delawareonline. This is a different option for drug addicts. Once they give up their drugs they can ask for help and officers will recommend them to a rehab center or shelter that could help...
Rutgers University Introduces Drug Rehab Program for Students; Recovering Addicts Claim Top GPAs

Rutgers University Introduces Drug Rehab Program for Students; Recovering Addicts Claim Top GPAs

Fledgling college students brim with anticipation to meet their new college roomie to go on shopping adventures, have all say sports marathons, and run amok while they explore the happenings of their new campus. Many can’t wait to gain the freshman 15 meaning neophyte freshmen get to eat anything they want since their parents are not there watching everything going into the mouths of hungry college goers. The excitement of tearing to one’s dorm to put the magic touch on the room that one will begin the rest of their lives in is exhilarating for most. Some just slap posters on their walls and call it a day. Many lazy, yet well intentioned students score websites like Rate My Professor to seek out the easy A classes and easy professors who won’t mind if their students are 15 minutes late for class. Don’t forget there are extracurricular and clubs to plan for too- but for some, among classes and frolicking, there comes a time to attend rehab meetings. Rutgers University, located in Newark, New Jersey, is doing phenomenal things when it comes to their rehab programs. This State University was the first college in the county to grant aid and housing to young students who have struggled with addiction. Their program has a sobriety rate of 95 percent while 98 percent of the students stay in the program. The students have to go through meetings and different group activities. These students also excel in school the average gpa is a 3.2 which is higher than some of the students who attend this school who are not addicts, according to nj. This program is amazing in so many different ways....
Rates Increase: Ohio Babies Born into Addiction

Rates Increase: Ohio Babies Born into Addiction

When babies are brought into this world it is a happy moment not only for the mom but the whole family. You are supposed to deliver your baby and in about three days or so your child will be healthy enough so you can take him or her home. Once you get home with your new bundle of joy you take them on a tour around the house and show them the room you worked on for months awaiting their arrival. Once they get settled in you start to enjoy your baby and they start enjoying you. The only problem is this story doesn’t always happen. It can be months before a mom can take her child home. Some moms won’t even be able to hold their child and experience the first precious moments they can never get back. The cause of this? Their babies are born into addiction. The state of Ohio has seen an increase in the number of babies that are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which is basically a withdrawal from drugs that their mother used to take. In the year of 2013 five babies that were going through withdrawal were admitted to an Ohio hospital every day, according to Newark Advocate. When you think of drug addiction you don’t think it would be a newborn baby that will have to battle the disease. They really didn’t make the decision to take the drug, it was the mother’s and now they have to suffer from it. Nurses that work with these babies are heartbroken when they see the pain that newborns have to go through not even being two...
Cops Arrest 32 for Drug-Trafficking Operations in New Jersey

Cops Arrest 32 for Drug-Trafficking Operations in New Jersey

New Jersey State Police arrested, and trying to convict 32 men who created two huge drug rings. Two of them were a former police officer, and a Ocean County employee. Law enforcement officials took down two notorious drug rings in the heart if Middletown and Beachwood, according to news reported by App.  Once the investigation was reported, state police officers said that they distributed cocaine,marijuana, and also medical pills that included over the counter medications. “Operation Tidal Wave” was responsible for charging over 20 people in the bust.The people that were charged in this bust was from Ocean and Monmouth counties. Since one of the leaders was a police officer he knew the ins and outs when it came it to drugs, and drug busts. For example him be able to review cases, and actually see how other criminals got caught he was able to receive that information, and go back to his group of men to see how they could pull this off. In my opinion I don’t think there two drug-trafficking rings wouldn’t have lasted that long if he didn’t have experience, and had the connections. Also police officers arrest big time drug dealers all the time, he could of contacted one to get all the supply he needed so they could sell it for a higher price, and make there profit. Drug-Trafficking pins like this one show how drugs poison our communities. In order to get these harmful drugs off the street we must take down the distributors like this one. It has got so bad that distributors don’t even need dealers to sell the product....