Fact Sheet

Mandatory Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits and TANF is Costly and Ineffective

Substance abuse affects families of all income levels and will not be ameliorated by simple drug testing and retaliatory restriction of benefits.

Background on New York's Draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws

Enacted in 1973 under then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the Rockefeller Drug Laws mandated extremely harsh prison terms for possession or sale of relatively small amounts of drugs. Although intended to target “kingpins,” most people incarcerated under the laws were convicted of low-level, nonviolent, first-time offenses. The laws marked an unprecedented shift towards addressing drug use and abuse through the criminal justice system instead of through the medical and public health systems.

Federal Byrne Grants: Drug War Funds Available for Drug Treatment

Historically, Byrne Grants have been used primarily to finance drug task forces, which have a record of racially disproportionate lowlevel drug arrests and increased local and state costs with no measurable impact on public safety.

Overdose Prevention Campaign: Support for Good Samaritan Laws

Legislators, medical professionals, professors and others voice their support for Good Samaritan laws.

Overdose Prevention Campaign: Good Samaritan Questions and Answers

Why do we need a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey? Are drug overdose deaths preventable? Who supports overdose prevention legislation?  These questions and more are answered in this fact sheet below.

Overdose Prevention Campaign: NJ overdose Statistics

In New Jersey, overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death. Almost 6,000 people have died from drug overdoses in New Jersey since 2004. More than 700 people died from drug overdoses in New Jersey in 2009 alone. Opioids were involved in more than 75 percent of drug overdose deaths in New Jersey in 2009. The five counties with the highest numbers of drug overdose deaths are Camden, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean.

Overdose Prevention Campaign: Good Samaritan Laws

To remove barriers to calling 911 and encourage people to seek emergency medical assistance for overdoses, states are enacting Good Samaritan laws which provide limited legal protections for those who call 911.

Overdose Prevention Campaign: Good Samaritan Executive Summary

Hundreds of New Jersey residents die each year from drug overdoses. These deaths are preventable. It is time to take action.

What is Naloxone?

August 8, 2014
Drug Policy Alliance

Learn about naloxone, a low-cost, non-narcotic drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdose.

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