Added tactics in New Jersey to address opioid addiction

David Madden
April 28, 2019 - 4:00 am

TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- New Jersey has taken several steps to further combat the opioid addiction problem. 
They’re running it out of the attorney general’s office under the banner of NJCARES.    

“There’s a recognition that this is really a multi-faceted fight that we’re engaged in and it will entail all manner of ideas addressing prevention, treatment and enforcement,” Director Sharon Joyce told KYW Newsradio.
Three directives were issued this week. One takes a program offered in Bergen County called “Operation Helping Hand” and takes it statewide, allowing for each county to develop its own plan for police to get addicts into treatment as opposed to the court system.
Rowan University will put together a continuing education program for health care professionals to better spot signs of drug abuse. That programs cranks up this summer.
“We calculate out that the licensing boards that are affected by this regulate about 270,000 people,” Joyce added.
And the state is launching a computer database to allow law enforcement and other agencies in the state to share information on opioid prescriptions and where there have been arrests for illegal use.