The Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) has sponsored bus transportation and the New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) will be coordinating the bus transportation for the PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2014 event, in Philadelphia, on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Lunch will also be provided by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services for all who register for transportation through NJPN! There is no charge, so register today!
Morristown Medical Center Do No Harm Symposium Targets Painkiller Epidemic
MORRISTOWN – The dangers of driving, especially while intoxicated, are well-documented but no longer represent the most common cause of accidental death in New Jersey.
The most life-threatening danger we face, say local, state and federal law-enforcement authorities, is not behind the wheel, and may be stored in a bottle in your medicine cabinet at home.
“In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in the United States to medicate every adult American, every four hours, for a month,” Paul Fishman, U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, said Tuesday at Morristown Medical Center. “Think about that. In the year 2000, just 14 years ago, retail pharmacies dispensed 174 million opioid prescriptions, In 2009, 257 million, an increase of almost 50 percent.”