Nearly a third of all child abuse and neglect investigations in New Jersey revealed caregiver’s substance use. Nearly two-thirds of kids in foster care were removed from their homes at least partly for that reason.
Gov. Christie was at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center to announce an expansion of the Prescription Monitoring Program to include data from New York state. The program is meant to reduce rates of addiction.
New data from the CDC shows suicide is becoming more common. Ranked last in the nation just four years ago, New Jersey’s rate has since risen by 13 percent, now tied for second-highest. The national rate is at its highest in 30 years.
Dr. Bonita Stanton, one of the founding members of Seton Hall's medical school, says communities are where disease and health happens. Seton Hall's program will focus on getting students out into communities in order to provide better health care and instill the need for outreach.
A package of bills would require Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield to disclose how hospitals and doctors are selected for Tier 1 status in its OMNIA plan and would ensure that hospitals serving low income patients are included. Senior Vice President Minal Patel gave the company's reaction.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is partnering with New Jersey communities for its 11th National Drug Take Back Day April 30. Municipal police departments and area organizations will be collecting unused prescription and over the counter drugs for safe disposal.
STD rates are increasing in New Jersey, in part due to a change in funding that has caused many health centers to close, but also from a delay in young women being tested because of new recommendations.
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