Harm reduction advocates praise Naloxone365 announcement

Earlier today in New Jersey’s State of the State address, Governor Murphy announced the launch of Naloxone365. This new program will enable every pharmacy in New Jersey to provide 4mg nasal spray naloxone anonymously and for free to any resident who requests it, at any time throughout the year. When the Murphy Administration started the … Read more

New Report – $1.0 billion in annual healthcare costs from preventable injection-related infections in New Jersey

Without access to harm reduction supplies, New Jerseyans who inject drugs are at risk of infection, hospitalization, and preventable death, according to a new report released today by New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition (NJHRC). The report, Preventable Harms: Injection Drug-Use Related Infections in New Jersey, reviews data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and … Read more

Harm Reduction Advocates, Murphy Administration, & Mayor Baraka Launch National Memorial as Overdose Deaths Climb to an All-Time High

Today on International Overdose Awareness Day, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Department of Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman, and Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli joined Vital Strategies and advocates from Newark Community Street Team and the New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition to unveil the first installation of a traveling national Overdose Memorial. Located at Newark … Read more

Cannabis revenue should be used to repair harms of the drug war

New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission is hosting public hearings on how revenue from the Social Equity Excise Fee should be used. Learn more about how to testify here, and check out talking points on equitable investments here. Below is testimony from New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition’s Jenna Mellor recommending how revenue from the cannabis Social Equity … Read more

Governor Murphy signs syringe access expansion bills into law

Today, Governor Murphy signed into law far-reaching legislation to expand harm reduction services in New Jersey. The Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847) removes authority to approve and close syringe access programs (SAPs) from local municipalities and places that authority with the New Jersey Department of Health, aligning SAPs with other public health services. The Syringe Decrim … Read more

Syringe access expansion laws passed by New Jersey Senate and Assembly

January 10, 2022 — Today, the New Jersey Legislature passed far-reaching legislation, sponsored by Senator Joseph Vitale and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle, to expand access to syringe services, which are essential public health tools to end the overdose crisis. The Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847) will expand access to essential syringe access programs (SAP) throughout the state … Read more

Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847) advances out of committees

Earlier today, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees approved the Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847), sending the proposal to the full Legislature for Monday’s voting session. The bill would remove the restrictive municipal ordinance requirement that limits access to lifesaving syringe services in New Jersey. In response to the bill advancing through both committees, the New … Read more

150+ Healthcare Providers, Public Health Experts, & Recovery Advocates Call on Legislature to Pass Syringe Access Bill (S-3009/A-4847)

December 21, 2021 — In an open letter sent to state lawmakers earlier today, more than 120 public health experts, clinical providers, academics, and recovery advocates called on the New Jersey Legislature to pass pending legislation (S3009/A4847) to expand syringe access services. “We are losing a generation of loved ones and family members to the … Read more

New public education campaign features New Jersey resident stories about the benefits of syringe access

Today, the New Jersey Harm Reduction Coalition (NJHRC) launched “Essential, Effective, Human,” a public education campaign promoting the public health and human benefits of syringe access. The campaign features the stories of seven New Jersey residents — people who have benefited from syringe access, faith leaders, physicians, and syringe service providers — who support syringe … Read more