Substance Abuse Media Clips

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Opinion: To Stem the Opioid Epidemic, NJ Must Take Care of Prison Population

Far too often, the previously incarcerated fall off Medicaid and are unable to establish reliable access to care, much less addiction treatment specialists. Unfortunately, this is even more true in states like New Jersey, where barriers such as prior authorization requirements to prescribe medication-assisted treatment to Medicaid beneficiaries still exist.

A Visual Journey through Addiction

To understand what goes through the minds and bodies of opioid users, The New York Times spent months interviewing users, family members, and addiction experts. Using their insights, they created a visual representation of how the strong lure of these powerful drugs can hijack the brain.

Drug Courts’ Evolution toward Children and Family Services

A recent study of family drug courts demonstrated that child, parent, and family well-being outcomes improved when a comprehensive, family-centered approach was used to address specific needs of children and families in addition to the parent’s recovery.

U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Education, Awareness to Combat Opioid Crisis

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who holds the rank of vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, said he and other health care professionals were once “part of the problem” by overprescribing opioids as painkillers, but now he’s “excited to be part of the solution.”