A bill, sponsored by three Assembly Democrats, to require medical practitioners to prescribe an opioid antidote to certain high-risk patients was signed into law April 19.
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The Wildwood Police Department Uniform Patrol Division was contacted by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (D.C.P. &P.) March 2, requesting assistance regarding the wellbeing of several small children.
Gov. Phil Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson Sept. 9 announced the state will offer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (commonly called Narcan) for free to residents at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey from Sept. 24-26.
New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli expressed concern June 22 that the long battle with the COVID-19 pandemic may be worsening, what she called, the overdose epidemic. Persichilli said that state overdose deaths were 20% higher this year than at a similar period in 2019.
Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announced a guilty verdict in the trial of Christopher R. Small and Christopher M. Verity regarding the drug-induced death of Kevin MacFarlane.
Residents will join local experts to discuss the opioid epidemic’s impact on the community and seek possible solutions at a Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall, sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ).