Tag: Drug Addiction

Angelini Commends Governor Christie for Working to Combat Substance Abuse

Assembly Republican Press Release -

Applauds Governor for Addressing Stigma Associated with Addiction, Increasing Awareness of Drug-Related Issues

Mary Pat Angelini

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini commended New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for holding a drug recovery conference focused on reducing the stigma associated with addiction and treatment and to raise broader awareness of drug-related issues.

The conference, co-hosted by Pastor Joe A. Carter, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 30th at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ and brought together advocacy groups, individuals who have battled addiction, and organizations involved in treatment work.

“This call to action by Governor Christie to put an end to the stigma associated with drug addiction is another giant step forward in New Jersey’s battle against an insidious drug abuse epidemic that is affecting so many people in our area,” said Angelini. “I applaud Governor Christie for making it a top priority of his to further educate the public about substance abuse and for focusing on long-term solutions such as recovery and treatment options.”

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ASSEMBLY PANEL APPROVES ANGELINI MEASURE TO CURB PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLER ABUSE


Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini / 732-974-1719
Assembly Republican Press Office / 609-847-3400

MEASURE WOULD DECREASE MISUSE OF PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS, WHICH HAVE BECOME LEADING CAUSE OF OVERDOSE FATALITIES

The Assembly Health committee approved today a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini aimed at stopping the growing epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.

“Abuse of prescription painkillers is a real crisis,” Angelini, R-Monmouth, said. “Overdoses from prescription painkiller opioids have tripled over the past decade and now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined.”

Angelini was referring to a report published this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studying overdoses of prescription opioid pain relievers. According to the study, 36,450 people died in the United States because of overdose. Of those, 20,044 were related to prescription drugs and 73.8 percent of those were attributed to opioid pain relievers, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl.

Angelini’s bill, A-4041, which had bipartisan support from the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee today, would encourage drug manufactures to produce opioids that could not be used inappropriately and make it more difficult for pharmacists to substitute a drug that could be crushed or manipulated by abusers.

“Drug manufactures have the capacity to deter abuse of prescription opioids, which can be legitimately used to treat chronic pain,” Angelini said. “With so many young people abusing prescription drugs, it’s imperative that sure prescription pain killers are used only for their intended purpose.”

Angelini, who is executive director of a nonprofit dedicated to keeping youth healthy, safe and drug free, has led legislative efforts like this to keep New Jersey safe from drug abuse.

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ANGELINI: SELLING SYRINGES WITHOUT PRESCRIPTIONS GIVES UP HOPE THAT WE WILL EVER DEFEAT DRUG ABUSE


Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini / 732-974-1719
Assembly Republican Press Office / 609-847-3400

Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, R-Monmouth, a member of the Health and Senior Services Committee, issued the following statement in opposition to the committee approving legislation that would allow pharmacies to sell syringes without a prescription.

“We are sending the wrong message by making it easier to continue dangerous and addictive behavior. Selling syringes without prescriptions is basically giving up hope that we will ever be able to defeat the grip that drugs have on our society.

“From my experiences working to keep youth away from substance abuse, I know how difficult it is stop drug abuse. The best way to help intravenous drug users recover is through abstinence and long-term treatment.”

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