Tag: Mary Pat Angelini

Angelini bill for proper disposal of prescription drugs becomes law on Jan. 1

Source: NJ 101.5 -

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, pharmacies and prescribers will be required to give patients a Division of Consumer Affairs notice with available drug take-back programs and suggestions for the safe disposal of unused drugs.

Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill (A-709) into law in June and it officially takes effect on the first day of the New Year.

Mary Pat Angelini

“We’re at the epicenter of heroin addiction and many, many times we hear young adults have started on prescription medication so one of the areas that we’re really trying to educate people on is the fact that they need to dispose effectively their unused medications,” said bill co-sponsor, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean).

Prescription drugs can be very expensive Angelini explained, and often when someone gets hooked on them, but can’t afford them, they turn to heroin.

“Many times teenagers will go into someone’s medicine cabinet and take out a pill here, a pill there and the person who it was prescribed for unknowingly, unwittingly is a part of this,” Angelini said.

Under the law, pharmacies, doctors and advanced practice nurses must also make patients aware of the “Project Medicine Drop” program. The program provides for secure collection and safe disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs and household medications.

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Angelini backs Assembly vote to kill plan to move disabled people back to N.J.

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Although the unpopular policy of transferring disabled people living in out-of-state facilities back to New Jersey ended in July, the state Assembly voted to formally kill it on Thursday.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Everyday life is a difficult challenge for these adults, and for many, disrupting their routines and lifestyle represents too much of a risk,” said Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth), a sponsor, said in a statement. “Sometimes the best thing is allowing them to remain where they are comfortable, and this bill accomplishes that goal.”

The “Return Home New Jersey” policy was developed to save money and move people with developmental disabled clients closer to their families, although how much it saved was never clear.

But in terms of anxiety, the policy’s cost was high for families whose loved ones would have been displaced — many of them decades after living in facilities that understood their medical and emotional needs.

The families successfully enlisted lawmakers to introduce legislation to stop the policy, which Gov. Chris Christie vetoed. In June, the Senate was one vote shy of overriding the veto. In July, a bipartisan group of senators met privately with Christie to hammer out an agreement to stop all future transfers in most cases.

Christie still has to sign the legislation into law.

Before the policy was halted this summer, the state Department of Human Services had relocated about 170 people, beginning in 2009. Another 370 other people remain outside the state.

“Everyday life is a difficult challenge for these adults, and for many, disrupting their routines and lifestyle represents too much of a risk,” said Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth), also a sponsor, said in a statement. “Sometimes the best thing is allowing them to remain where they are comfortable, and this bill accomplishes that goal.”

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Assembly Approves Angelini Bill Protecting Disabled Adults from Disruptive Transfers to In-State Facilities

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The Assembly today approved Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Mary Pat Angelini’s legislation allowing some developmentally disabled New Jersey residents to remain in out-of-state facilities. The bill (S-3117/A-4781) codifies an agreement forged between the administration and legislators to prevent the forced relocation of intellectually disabled adults cared for in other states to group homes in New Jersey.

Mary Pat Angelini

“This is a compromise that protects physical and emotional health of some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Angelini, R – Monmouth. “Everyday life is a difficult challenge for these adults; and for many, disrupting their routines and lifestyle represents too much of a risk. Sometimes the best thing is allowing them to remain where they are comfortable, and this bill accomplishes that goal.”

Since 2009, the “Return Home New Jersey” program administered by the Department of Human Services has been working to transfer disabled adults back to in-state facilities. Approximately 170 people – of 383 out-of-state placements – have returned.

Many family members have contended the moves are detrimental to their family members’ wellbeing. Under this bill, people in an out-of-state placement can bypass the required transfer by objecting in writing.

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Angelini seeks to outlaw incest in New Jersey

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This week, New Jersey made bestiality illegal — but incest between adults remains entirely OK under state law.

A bill to ban incest has sat quietly before the state Senate and Assembly judiciary committees without getting much attention since February.

It’s been largely off the radar — much like the omission in New Jersey law that has made incest legal since 1979.

Media and legislators took note in January, when New York Magazine ran article about an unnamed 18-year-old who said she planned to move to New Jersey and live as a married couple with her father. Under New Jersey law they couldn’t have legally married, and didn’t plan to.

Mary Pat Angelini

Within days of the article’s publication, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) said she’d introduce legislation to bar incest.

“Obviously, these types of relationships violate our acceptable moral standards and should be banned,” she said at the time.

The bill and an identical Senate version introduced by Sens. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Michael Doherty (R-Warren) would make it a third-degree crime to marry or commit an act of sexual penetration with a blood relative including a parent or child, brother or sister, including half-siblings, or an uncle, aunt, nephew or niece.

Penalties would include a prison term of three to five years, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.

New Jersey hasn’t formally banned incest among adults since 1979, when the state revised its criminal code and left a section for incest blank, Peter Gilbreth, a Morristown-based attorney who handles both criminal and family cases, told New Jersey Advance Media in January.

It remains illegal for an adult to have sex with related 16-year-old or 17-year-old. Those standards remain stricter than those for other sexual relationships, in which 16 is the age of consent so long as the older party doesn’t have supervisory authority over the younger one.

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Angelini on OTC Cough Medicine Prohibited to NJ Minors Without Rx

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New Jersey has enacted a law to stop the sale of OTC products containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to children under 18 without a prescription.

Gov. Chris Christie signed the law amid growing rates of youth overuse and abuse of the cough suppressant DXM, which is a component of more than 120 OTC cough and cold medications such as Robitussin, Nyquil, and Theraflu.

Effective February 1, 2016, DXM will join alcohol, tobacco, and pseudoephedrine in a limited-access category of products.

Mary Pat Angelini

“DXM is affordable, easy accessible, and legal. … Unfortunately, that’s a combination which makes it appealing to teenagers who are taking increased doses to get high,” said state Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, who co-sponsored the legislation.

One in 30 teenagers abuses OTC cough medicines containing DXM, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2014 Monitoring the Future survey.

Abuse of DXM-containing products has been linked to hallucinations, loss of motor control, seizures, liver and cardiovascular damage, and even death.

In light of this, Consumer Healthcare Products Association president and CEO Scott Melville praised the New Jersey law in a statement.

“New Jersey is the ninth state to implement a law addressing the issue of cough medicine abuse among teens, and the enactment of similar legislation in state across the country has indicated that limiting teen access to DXM is a proven way to prevent abuse,” he said.

The states with similar laws limiting children’s access to DXM are Arizona, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

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Angelini-Munoz DXM medication sale age restrictions enacted in New Jersey


A common component in more than 120 over-the-counter cough and cold remedies will be off-limits for purchase by most teens in New Jersey, through a newly-enacted law aiming to curb adolescent drug abuse.

Governor Christie today enacted shore Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini‘s (R-11) measure prohibiting sale of products containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to those under age 18. She co-sponsored the bill with Westfield Republican Nancy Munoz (R-21).

The law requires the addition of a link on the state Department of Health web page, leading to a list of products containing DXM as an active ingredient.

The lawmakers note that DXM is present in formulas such as Nyquil, Robitussin, Coricidin, Theraflu, Vick’s Formula 44, and Delsym. Consumption in high volume can trigger hallucinations, loss of motor control, seizures, liver and cardiovascular damage, and death.

Mary Pat Angelini

“DXM is affordable, easy accessible and legal,” Angelini said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, that’s a combination which makes it appealing to teenagers who are taking increased doses to get high.”

The goal of the law is to place DXM in a limited-access category now inhabited by alcohol, tobacco and pseudoephedrine, Angelini said, “, but parents also need to be aware of this very serious health issue.”

Nancy Munoz

Munoz echoled the need for parental involvement. “If they aren’t already doing so, parents should pay attention to what’s in their medicine cabinets and who is using what drugs,” she said.


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Angelini-Muñoz Bill Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse Signed into Law

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Efforts to combat drug abuse by adolescents received important support today as Gov. Christie signed legislation sponsored by Assembly Republicans Mary Pat Angelini and Nancy F. Muñoz prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter medications containing dextromethorphan to persons under the age of 18.

Dextromethorphan, commonly known as DXM, is an over-the-counter ingredient found in more than 120 cough and combination cold medicines, including Nyquil, Robitussin, Coricidin, Delsym, Zicam, Theraflu, and Vick’s Formula 44. It can cause hallucinations, seizures and death when taken in large quantities.

Mary Pat Angelini

“DXM is affordable, easy accessible and legal. Unfortunately, that’s a combination which makes it appealing to teenagers who are taking increased doses to get high,” said Angelini, R-Monmouth. “Using products with DXM to get high is more popular among this age group than cocaine, ecstasy, LDS and meth. Like alcohol, tobacco and pseudoephedrine, we need to make DXM more difficult for youngsters to obtain. That’s the goal of this law, but parents also need to be aware of this very serious health issue.”

Nancy Munoz

“Since DXM is legal, many teens believe it’s less dangerous than illegal drugs. It’s not,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “Taken in large doses, it can cause hallucinations and loss of motor control. It’s often combined with other ingredients like antihistamines and decongestants. High doses of these combined meds can cause fatal liver injury and cardiovascular problems.

“If they aren’t already doing so, parents should pay attention to what’s in their medicine cabinets and who is using what drugs,” she continued.

The bill, A-622,1469/S-2436, also requires the Department of Health to post a link on its website containing a list of products in which dextromethorphan is an active ingredient.

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Angelini and Casagrande discuss school funding, gun control and consolidating town and school services

Asbury Park Press – Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, both R-Monmouth, say they’re frustrated by a Democratic-controlled Legislature and its ties to special-interest groups that prevent reform. ‘Both’ spoke Monday with the Asbury Park Press editorial board. The discussion centered on hot-button issues such as school funding, gun control and consolidating town and school services.

Caroline Casagrande

One of the biggest issues in District 11 is school funding in Freehold Borough. The district’s classrooms are overcrowded, and residents say they can’t shoulder the burden of paying for the student spike alone. “The children (in Freehold) are grossly under adequacy,” said Casagrande. She called it “maddening” that 31 urban districts, formerly known as Abbott districts, absorb 60 percent of all school funding. “Our school dollars are still fully locked up in who was impoverished in 1986; leadership in both the Senate and Assembly have blocked reforms to redistribute those funds. It’s such an injustice.”

Mary Pat Angelini

Angelini supported drawing a strong link between mental health and gun ownership. She also expressed frustration that one of her bills to give priority in firearm applications to those who are victims of domestic abuse had gone nowhere.
“This is good policy, good legislation, and we can’t get any traction,” she said.

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Angelini op-ed: State must revamp suicide prevention efforts

Asbury Park Press op-ed by Mary Pat Angelini -

Mary Pat Angelini

In early September, a Monmouth County man shot his partner and their two children, ages 7 and 4, before setting fire to their Long Branch home and turning the gun on himself. Fortunately, it’s not often that we hear such horrific stories of family murder-suicides. However, they present stark reminders that millions of Americans are affected by mental health issues that can lead to tragic consequences.

Several years ago, Monmouth County was at the epicenter of a cluster of suicides that devastated local families and communities. While we haven’t seen suicide levels rise to that level again, the suicide rate in Monmouth County is going up.

According to Monmouth County Medical Examiner Office records, in 2014 there were 52 suicides in the county. Through July 27 of this year, there already were 38 suicides in the county.

This increase is compounded by a frightening heroin epidemic throughout our state that is claiming more lives every day. In fact, New Jersey’s heroin-related overdose rate is more than triple that of the rest of the U.S. In Monmouth County alone, there were 53 heroin deaths in 2014, which is a 51 percent jump from 2013 and one of New Jersey’s highest percentage increases in heroin overdose deaths last year.

Overall, we have some of the nation’s most dedicated and talented mental health and addiction professionals and numerous valuable resources and programs to help people struggling with either of these crippling problems. However, it is painfully clear that there is much more work that needs to be done to prevent people from making the tragic decision to take their own lives or start on the destructive path of drug use. After all, one precious life is one too many to lose.

As a legislator, I have made it one of my priorities to advocate on behalf of our most vulnerable populations. For example, I wrote the state’s landmark anti-bullying law and I fought to make sure calls to the state’s suicide hotline were no longer answered in places as far away as Nebraska.

While finding solutions to these vexing problems is a daunting task, improving the manner in which services are delivered will go a long way toward helping those struggling with mental illness and substance abuse issues.

For example, our current suicide prevention efforts are spread across at least three state departments. The Department of Children and Family Services coordinates youth suicide prevention, the Department of Human Services combats adult suicide, while the Department of Health collects suicide data. Wouldn’t it make more sense to house all of our suicide prevention efforts under one roof?

One thing is for sure: mental health issues, a rising suicide rate, and our state’s crippling heroin epidemic require “all hands on deck,” which means we need to work together to combat this public health crisis.

On Tuesday, I am hosting a roundtable discussion on suicide prevention at Jersey Shore University Medical Center with mental health professionals and physicians, along with policymakers and other stakeholders. My goal is to start the discussion on how we can tackle these issues facing our state in a more efficient manner with a prevention focused approach.

We need to start the process of mental health and addiction groups and agencies organizing together more efficiently to treat these growing problems — as coordinated, cohesive, and valuable resources.

By working together, we can provide more effective and appropriate interventions and improve access to vital services and, ultimately safeguard the most vital resource in our state — the lives of our residents.

Mary Pat Angelini is Republican state assemblywoman whose 11th District includes 18 Monmouth County municipalities.

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Angelini-Casagrande Thankful for Plan to Improve Rt. 66

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Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande issued a statement today praising Congressman Chris Smith’s efforts to obtain federal funding to widen Rt. 66 in Neptune, NJ.

Federal funding is expected to pay for all of the $12 million widening project, and wouldn’t require additional monies from the State’s Transportation Trust Fund. The project must still go through the design and engineering phases to receive final federal approval, which is expected by late 2018, with construction beginning in 2019.

The concept addresses all the deficiencies identified by research including pavement, intersections, traffic operations, safety and ADA compliance. Included in the plan are new traffic signals, crosswalks, curb ramps, sidewalks, improved access to retail businesses and storm water retention. A new jughandle is proposed at the intersection of Route 66 and Wayside Road.

Mary Pat Angelini

“Route 66 is not only a heavily traveled thoroughfare for commuters and shoppers, but it is also a storm evacuation route. For that reason, we have to ensure that traffic will not be snarled. This is a project that has been decades in the making and with all the rapid growth in the area, is long overdue,” said Assemblywoman Angelini.

Caroline Casagrande

“This was a stalled project for years before Congressman Smith stepped in and got the federal government involved in this. On behalf of all the residents’ lives that will be improved by this project, I thank Congressman Smith. Motorists have lost countless hours to gridlock on Route 66, and I hope in the foreseeable future that these problems are a thing of the past,” concluded Assemblywoman Casagrande.

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