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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

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Star-Ledger Editorial: NJ Report on Prescription Drug Abuse Is Call to Action for Reform

Newark, NJ, July 12, 2013The Star-Ledger today published an editorial regarding the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation report, “Scenes from an Epidemic.”  The report, which was released yesterday, details the spreading illegal trade of prescription drugs and consequent spike in heroin abuse.

According to the editorial, the report “presents a sordid picture of physicians who become entangled with underworld figures and even enterprising high school students, then write bogus prescriptions for thousands of pills a week.  The pills, including oxycodone and OxyContin, have been dispensed in one case to poor people who have been herded up, driven to a law-breaking medical practice and ‘treated’ by the doctor for their ‘pain.’”

The Star-Ledger concludes:

“The commission has offered some concrete recommendations in response to the complex and burgeoning problem.

“It’s calling for establishment of explicit prescription standards for doctors that define terms such as “chronic pain”; imposing tougher penalties for illegal prescription drug distribution; and creating a strike force to identify, investigate and prosecute the illegal activities.

“Establishing oversight of medical practice ownership and management would cut the risk of a corrupt doctor serving as the figurehead to hide owners involved in organized crime. The commission would also like to see enhancement of the state’s new prescription monitoring program.

“To cut down on trafficking, the commission suggestions greater regulation over sale of disposable phones, which dealers use to contact buyers then throw away; making it illegal to create vehicle “traps” where drugs can be stashed; and easing the GPS warrant requirement to allow authorities to follow dealers in rented cars or cabs. It’s also suggesting tougher laws against heroin use.

“We urge state officials to review these findings and make it more difficult for criminals to perpetuate and profit from an epidemic of addiction.”

To read the entire Star-Ledger editorial, click here.