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Synthetic Opiate Makes Heroin More Deadly

Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate used to treat cancer patients, has made its way into heroin, which has increased the occurrence of overdoses and deaths.

Addiction Crisis Affects Growing Number of NJ Kids

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.

Christie Announces Agreement with NY to Share Prescription Drug Data

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.

NJ Suicide Rate Up 13 Percent, Tied for Second Highest in U.S.

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.

Seton Hall Medical School Aims to Change Future of Health Care

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.

Christie Visits Addiction Hotline Center

Gov. Christie toured Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care center in Piscataway where he talked about the importance of offering services to those affected by addiction.

Horizon Senior VP Defends Two Tiered OMNIA Health Plan

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.

Take Back Day Gets Unused Drugs Out of Medicine Cabinets

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.

New Jersey STD Rates on the Rise

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.

Christie Reflects on Narcan Program

Gov. Christie visited Hoboken University Medical Center to discuss New Jersey's Narcan program and drug addiction in the state.