New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to spend $200 million on new substance abuse initiatives

by Stephen Smith in Uncategorized

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to spend $200 million on new substance abuse initiatives TRENTON, New Jersey -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to spend $200 million on new initiatives that he hopes will significantly improve the way the state approaches substance abuse treatment and prevention. Christie told NJ.com (http://bit.ly/2fsu6uM) the money will target programs for underserved populations - the uninsured, Medicaid recipients, babies born with addiction and their mothers. He said the money will come from the budgets of eight state departments.  

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To reduce recidivism, states scrap barriers for ex-offenders

by Stephen Smith in Uncategorized

To reduce recidivism, states scrap barriers for ex-offenders States have moved to make it easier for ex-offenders to get professional licenses and to limit the penalties ex-offenders By: Rebecca Beitsch WASHINGTON — To ease prison crowding and rein in corrections spending, state legislatures are trying to help ex-offenders re-enter society with the goal of ensuring they don’t return to prison. People exiting prison often struggle to find work and housing, and many legislators say the law continues to punish them as they are hit with court debt and barred from entering certain professions and, in some places, from getting public assistance. “With the exception of people that get sentenced to life, everybody that goes to prison is going to get out eventually,” said Utah state Sen. Daniel Thatcher, a Republican who sponsored a new law that makes it easier for ex-offenders to clear their criminal records. “When they go to reintegrate we see how incredibly difficult it is for people to meet these standards that we are setting.”  

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Teen Overdose Death Rate Rises

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Teen Overdose Death Rate Rises Opioids are largely to blame for spike in deaths, a rate that had been declining in recent years. By: Lauren Camera After a steady decline in the rate of teen drug overdose deaths, the opioid epidemic is to blame for an indelible reverse course, new figures from the CDC show, with teenagers now overdosing at a rate that's more than doubled since 1999. From 2007 until 2014, the death rate due to drug overdose among teens fell by 26 percent. But that rate ticked up 19 percent from 2014 to 2015, to 3.7 teens per 100,000 -- more than double 1999's rate of 1.6 teens per 100,000.  

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