Heroin and Opioid Epidemic


Christie Keeps Pushing to Siphon Cash from Horizon to Fund Drug Treatments

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Gov. Chris Christie Gov. Chris Christie has not abandoned his controversial quest to secure hundreds of millions of dollars from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Jersey’s largest health insurer, to fund drug addiction programs and other healthcare needs. And negotiations with Democratic lawmakers – who have failed to embrace his […]



OPIOID CRISIS: Rooney Aims at Alleged Loophole in Christie’s Painkiller Reform

Is there a missing component to Gov. Chris Christie’s 5-day limit on painkiller prescriptions? One of the legislature’s newest members says maybe. “My concern is that something should be added to the new law that a prescription that isn’t completely used up must be returned before you can get a new prescription,” said Asm. Kevin Rooney […]

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Christie’s Back On The Road Today For His New Gig

Chris Christie didn’t get the Trump Administration job that he wanted (after he didn’t get the presidency he wanted), Save Jerseyans. Old news. New news? Christie is set to chair/spearhead a federal effort to combat America’s opioid/heroin addiction crisis; the issue has consumed Christie’s final year in office back here in New Jersey, arguably (but […]

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Makers Of OxyContin Sued For Allegedly Flooding Black Market With Pills

The makers of the opioid painkiller OxyContin are facing a lawsuit alleging the company knowingly allowed pills to flow into the black market, feeding addiction. Mayor Ray Stephanson of Everett, Washington, is suing pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma for gross negligence, alleging the company turned a blind eye to suspicious activities that funneled pills into the […]


Maybe It’s Not Healthy to Reduce Addiction to a Disease?

As Governor Chris Christie continues his expensive campaign to rehabilitate his political career by tackling drug rehabilitation, Save Jerseyans, I thought it’d be prudent to take a step back and look at this entire situation from a different perspective. Challenging premises is what we do around here. Today’s challenge: is it healthy to dismiss addition as […]

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Narcotics, Pain, and Medicaid in New Jersey

A new law has hit the people of New Jersey, the home of the toughest narcotics laws in the nation, in an effort to stem deaths from heroin and opioid addiction. The target? Law abiding physicians—as if physicians were the cause of this scourge. Now patients with extensive dental work and major surgery are not […]

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One N.J. Legislator Stood Alone Against Trenton’s Costly Addiction Mandate

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.” – Edmund Burke — Governor Chris Christie‘s ongoing mission to rehabilitate his political career by hugging drug addicts and running ads to raise awareness of something everyone is already painfully […]

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Trenton About to Spend Millions of Your Dollars on Addiction Awareness Ads?

New Jersey’s fiscal crisis continues to deepen, Save Jerseyans, but you’d never know it underneath the Trenton State House’s golden dome. The latest indication that they’re not taking it too seriously? On February 1st, a public notice quietly surfaced over on the N.J. Department of the Treasury’s website seeking bids for anti-addiction themed advertising proposals. The sample […]

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No, N.J. Republicans shouldn’t follow Christie down this rabbit hole!

Chris Christie‘s 2017 ‘State of the State’ obviously wasn’t a state of the state in any meaningful sense because, as was evident to anyone listening, most of the major issues impacting average New Jerseyans were ignored. It was a ‘State of Chris Christie’s Career’ address. This new heroin/opiod crisis countermeasures program is Step #1 of the embattled […]

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Trenton’s Anti-Addiction Crusade Distracts From Its Own Addictions

The opiate/heroin addiction crisis is undeniable both in terms of its scope and the human wreckage it’s leaving in its wake, Save Jerseyans. Let’s stipulate that from the get-go, okay? It’s good that people with titles think it’s important and it’s good politics. So good that Governor Chris Christie devoted the entirety of Tuesday’s annual ‘State of the State’ […]

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New Jersey’s Heroin Crisis: In Narcan Helping?

I’ve long been a critic of the sort of, celebratory rhetoric that sometimes surrounds Narcan. Why? Because our society should not even be here. We should not be celebrating that we’ve systemically let an addiction epidemic get so out of hand, that we now require emergency responders, and teachers, to be equipped with an overdose […]

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