In April, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey hosted a number of public discussions addressing the opioid crisis that has so strongly impacted residents here leading to so many people needing the services of detox centers in NJ.

One of the main topics discussed during these conversations was to address how opioid medications so easily lead to heroin use and abuse. The biggest factor here, of course, being that heroin gives opioid addicts a much cheaper -though much more dangerous– access to the effects of opioids.


DENNISVILLE – Pain is part of life.

That wasn’t the central message at a town hall meeting entitled “Knock Out Opioid Abuse,” April 19 at the Dennis Township Senior Center, but it was part of what the panel of speakers offered when talking about how people start using opioids and how difficult it can be to stop.

Residents, law enforcement, medical professionals, and others crowded the main room of the center. The event was one of several presented around the state through the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield New Jersey.

Cape Assist collaborated on the meeting.

Speakers discussed the scope of problems with opioid abuse, both from prescription medications and heroin. In many cases, what later becomes abuse begins as medically recommended pain medication, several speakers indicated. Click Here to Continue Reading

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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