Ira’s Blog

Treatment for Nonviolent Drug Offenders Would Be Good For New Jersey

Lawmakers in New Jersey are working on legislation that would offer treatment to nonviolent offenders in lieu of jail time. Studies show that treatment is a more effective method of curbing drug offenses than imprisonment. With a greater than 50 percent chance of offenders returning to prision, it becomes clear that the current laws are …

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Pain Meds Creating New Addicts in New Jersey

Drug trafficking in New Jersey is known to be very dangerous. Due to its location between New York and Philadelphia, along with easy access via major roadways and seaports, it has become a major transportation route for illegal drugs. We also face a serious problem with the sometimes legal, sometimes illegal practice of abusing painkillers. …

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Heroes in Recovery 6k Walk and Run South Florida

What could be better than spending a spring morning having fun with friends and neighbors and getting some exercise? Supporting a worthwhile cause at the same time! Please join me on Saturday, April 27, 2013 for the “Heroes in Recovery South Florida 6K Run & Walk”. The mission of Heroes in Recovery is to work to reduce …

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September Recovery Month Events in Florida

September is National Recovery Month, and in Florida that means opportunity to get out and celebrate hope and success with my friends and colleagues, and to meet new faces in the vibrant recovery community here. Here are some of the specific events on my calendar for September: On Saturday, September 14th, Sunrise Detox is sponsoring the Jeff …

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Krokodil Drug (desomorphine) in the USA: Why It Matters

We are hearing reports that the dangerous and hideous drug krokodil is here, in the US. Initial reports of possible krokodil use started 2 years ago, but this week we are facing what may turn out to be the first confirmed death from krokodil in Oklahoma, after several reports in Illinois. In 2010 we first heard graphic reports of “Krokodil” …

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Fooled you once, Now You’re Dead

My collegue John Moriarty in New Jersey has published a blog post warning of the dangers of fentanyl, a powerful drug that drug dealers in NJ are mixing into their products. It is a very important issue. Small doses of fentanyl can kill quickly. But fentanyl isn’t the only deadly substance being distributed by drug dealers. In one …

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