Many people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances. You can make a difference by properly disposing your unused medication. There are a few ways you can do this...
ICYMI: Statement from New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli Out of an abundance of caution and following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the New Jersey Department of Health this morning paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine across all vaccination sites in the state.
The CDC and the FDA are reviewing the data involving six reported cases—among nearly 7 million doses administered in the U.S.—in women between the ages of 18 and 48 who received the J&J vaccine. Symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets. Both the CDC and FDA have said that these adverse events are extremely rare. According to the FDA and CDC, individuals who have received the vaccine and develop abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, severe headache or other unusual symptoms within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
All New Jersey vaccination sites have been told to cancel or put on hold appointments for the J&J vaccine until further notice. For individuals scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, the Department will work with all vaccination sites to make arrangements for the administration of an alternative two-dose vaccine. We will work with all sites, as needed, to reschedule vaccination appointments.
The Department will await further guidance from the federal government. The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss these adverse events and make recommendations to the CDC on how to proceed. ... See MoreSee Less
Researchers at Proofpoint identified a credential phishing campaign distributed by an Iranian cyber threat group in late 2020. The campaign, dubbed BadBlood, targeted high-level US and Israeli medical professionals in genetic, neurology, and oncology research. The campaign employed impersonation techniques by masquerading as an Israeli scientist and used nuclear weapon lures in attempts to convince the recipient to click on a link included in the email in order to view a PDF. The link directs the user to a fraudulent Microsoft OneDrive page and requests the user download the PDF file in order to view it. If the download button is clicked, the user is prompted to enter their Microsoft login credentials. If credentials are entered, they are captured by the threat actor and the user is redirected to a OneDrive page containing a non-malicious PDF document. While the threat group – known by the names TA453, CHARMING KITTEN, and PHOSPHORUS – historically targets academics, diplomats, and journalists, this latest campaign shows a shift in collection and is in alignment with similar targeting observed by other state-sponsored cyber threat groups. ... See MoreSee Less
April 11-17 is National Pubic Safety Telecommunicators Week. We would like to thank our amazing dispatchers. They are the unsung heroes that help keep USR safe, and are the calm voices on the other side of the phone/radio during emergencies. ... See MoreSee Less
Doxing is a tactic that involves the malicious targeting, compiling, and public release of personally identifiable information (PII) used to perpetrate harassment, identity theft, or violence against an individual. Cybercriminals are now targeting organizations, specifically corporate employees, in doxing attacks due to its potentially larger monetary rewards. Corporate doxing can have great financial and reputational impact and can also put confidential corporate data at risk. Cybercriminals attempt to employ various methods normally used in traditional doxing attacks against individuals. Examples of these methods include collecting information from public sources and data breaches, sending emails containing tracking pixels, and conducting social engineering attacks, such as phishing, vishing, and business email compromise (BEC). ... See MoreSee Less
Governor Murphy Announces New COVID-19 Travel Guidelines TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health today issued new COVID-19 travel guidance. The restrictions follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month. “While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel without quarantine,” said Governor Murphy. “New Jersey residents should still exercise caution in traveling and follow all public health rules and regulations as the end of the pandemic comes into view.” “With the protection of COVID-19 vaccines, many New Jerseyans are eager to enjoy trips to visit families and friends they have missed over the past year,” said New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “While traveling, individuals should continue to take COVID-19 precautions–wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, physically distancing, and washing hands frequently.” Given the increased risk of spreading COVID-19 for both residents who travel outside the state and for visitors into the state, New Jersey continues to strongly discourage unvaccinated individuals from engaging in non-essential interstate travel at this time. CDC recommends travel be deferred until individuals are fully vaccinated. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks or more after receipt of a single-dose vaccine. People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine and persons who clinically recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months who are traveling domestically within the United States do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before or after travel to New Jersey and do not need to self-quarantine upon return. The CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated persons arriving in the United States from abroad be tested for COVID-19 three to five days after return. Unvaccinated travelers and residents returning from any U.S. state or territory beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for unvaccinated people. Summary of Travel Recommendations All Travelers: • International travel: negative test result or documentation of recovery required by the CDC to enter United States following air travel • Self-monitor for symptoms during and after travel and self-isolate if symptoms develop • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public • Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet from others • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer Fully Vaccinated Travelers: • Get tested three to five days after returning to the United States from international travel, but no quarantine following travel or test before travel (unless required by the destination) needed • For domestic travel, no quarantine or test before or after travel needed Travelers who Clinically Recovered from COVID-19 in past three months: • No quarantine or pre- or post-travel test needed Unvaccinated Travelers: • Defer travel until fully vaccinated • Before travel, get tested for COVID-19 with a viral test one to three days before the trip • Get tested three to five days after travel • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel, even if the post-travel test is negative. If not tested after travel, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. CDC Travel Recommendations: • CDC Domestic Travel during COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html • International Travel during COVID-19: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html... See MoreSee Less
Governor Murphy Announces Clarification of Gathering Limit for Certain Indoor Sports Activities and Removal of Restrictions on Self-Service Food at Retail Businesses
TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan today announced an administrative order which adjusts gathering limits for non-professional and non-collegiate indoor sports activities. The adjustment clarifies that athletes, coaches, up to two parents and guardians per participating athlete under the age of 21, and other individuals necessary for the practice or competition do not count towards the general indoor gathering limit, which is currently 25 persons. The order also allows retail businesses to permit customers to utilize self-service food, such as buffets and salad bars. “As our vaccination effort expands rapidly across the state and our entire adult population becomes eligible, it is now possible to take further incremental steps towards a return to normalcy,” said Governor Murphy. “Clarifying gathering limits to allow more spectators at sports activities and allowing the return of self-service foods are two small steps of what we hope are many more measures we can take as millions of New Jerseyans are vaccinated.” The order clarifies that non-professional, non-collegiate athletic practices and competitions that are conducted indoors are subject to the current indoor gathering limit of 25 persons. Athletes, coaches, referees, trainers, and other individuals who are necessary for the practice or competition are not included in the number of individuals present at a gathering for purposes of the limits on gatherings. Operators of such sports activities may permit up to two parents or guardians per participating athlete under the age of 21 to attend the event provided that all attendees abide by the applicable requirements in the DOH’s “Guidance for Sports Activities.” Such parents and guardians shall also be considered necessary for the practice or competition. In no case shall the number of persons present in the room, inclusive of parents and guardians, exceed 35 percent of the capacity of the room. The order also clarifies that retail businesses, such as grocery stores, may permit customers to utilize self-service food, such as buffets and salad bars. Such retail businesses shall limit self-service food and drink stations to those that can be routinely cleaned and disinfected. To the extent that such retail businesses permit indoor or outdoor dining, the business shall abide by the DOH’s guidance governing those operations and the requirements of all applicable Executive Orders. The order takes effect immediately. ... See MoreSee Less
Tomorrow is #NationalWalkingDay! While maintaining social distance, be sure to get outside and walk. When possible, stay on the sidewalk, walk facing traffic, and cross at corners or crosswalks. ... See MoreSee Less
Credential stuffing is a type of cyberattack in which threat actors attempt to access online accounts using compromised user credentials exposed in a data breach. Lists of compromised credentials are often found on dark web forums or for sale on dark web marketplaces. Once these lists are obtained, threat actors can use scripts to automate the process of attempting to access online accounts using these credentials. These attempts can be successful when a user reuses a password across multiple accounts; therefore, exposed user credentials for account A can result in the compromise of account B. In 2020 alone, user accounts from Spotify, The North Face, Marriott, Zoom, and Nintendo were all likely compromised via credential stuffing attacks. Account compromises can lead to identity theft, financial theft, and further cyberattacks, including network compromises and data breaches. For user and network defender mitigation recommendations, continue reading… ... See MoreSee Less
Under the new marijuana legalization bill, police officers are threatened with criminal charges when engaged in common sense investigations involving our youth and the use of marijuana and alcohol. This needs to be amended. Please follow the below link and sign this important petition.
E-Scooters are growing in popularity and you may start seeing them in your neighborhood. Drivers look out for scooters on the road and if you’re riding, make sure to follow the same rules as vehicles. #escooters #scootersafety... See MoreSee Less
Threat actors continue to use COVID-19 themes in phishing emails in order to deliver malware or steal credentials. The NJCCIC has received an increased number of incident reports regarding these and s...
What is treatment? Treatment can help people stop using drugs. Treatment can include counseling, medicine, or both. It can help people fight urges to use drugs again. It can also help them take back control of their lives. People start taking drugs for different reasons. Sometimes they might start as a way to fit in with other people. Or they might have problems in their lives, like family trouble, money trouble, or problems at work. They might not know how else to cope. But drugs can make these problems worse. Drug use can mess up every part of a person's life. So, in treatment, people need help to improve all areas of their lives. This means working on a few things, like: • their relationships • their ability to work or go to school • how they have fun • how they deal with problems Treatment is for anyone using or misusing drugs: • Treatment can help people who are just starting to get addicted. • You don't have to be at "rock bottom" for treatment to work. ... See MoreSee Less
Misuse of drugs and alcohol can cause overdoses, accidents, life problems, health problems, and death. Using drugs that are illegal or misusing prescription drugs keeps people from having healthy, happy lives. Drugs can hurt your relationships and your ability to work. Treatment works. It helps people recover from addiction. It's better for people to get help early, before their drug problem gets worse. More and more general doctors are trained to spot signs of a possible drug problem early and speak with the patient about it. But the best protection from the dangers of drugs is to not start in the first place. Parents should watch their kids closely. Even if you think you have the type of kid that wouldn’t try drugs, pressure from other kids can be hard to resist. What can you do? Know the facts about drugs and addiction: • Visit the Easy-to-Read Drug Facts webpages Drugs That People Use and Misuse and What is an addiction? Talk with your children: • Read "Help Children and Teens Stay Drug-Free," to learn more. Keep your home safe: • Put your medicines in a safe place so that others can't take them. You might want to lock them somewhere. • Get rid of medicines when you don't need them anymore. You can take them to your local "drug take back event". You can also throw some medicines in your trash by mixing the drugs with things like dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds or flush them down the toilet. • Keep track of cleaners, spray cans, and other stuff in the house that people can inhale to get high. ... See MoreSee Less
The following was written by a Boulder, CO resident named Jodi. It was sent in the wake of the active shooter tragedy there this past Monday, March 22 that left 10 innocent people dead, including Offi...
Drug Use and Mental Health Problems Often Happen Together
Many people who have drug problems also have other mental health problems. Examples of mental health problems are: Depression • Depression makes you feel very sad and tired. Anxiety • Anxiety makes you feel nervous, worried, and afraid. Bipolar disorder • Bipolar disorder makes your mood change back and forth. You might be full of energy, excited, or angry. Then you might feel sad, tired, and hopeless. ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) • ADHD makes you have trouble paying attention. It might be hard to sit still and focus. Antisocial personality disorder • Antisocial personality disorder makes it hard to have good relationships and care about other people's feelings. Why are people with drug problems more likely to also have other mental health problems? • Drug and other mental health problems can affect the same parts of the brain. This may be part of the reason some people have both problems. • Also, if someone feels really bad, they might try to make it better by using drugs. But that doesn't usually work for very long. Instead, they may become addicted to drugs and then feel even worse than before. A drug problem can make another mental health problem worse and vice versa. Someone with a drug and other mental health problem needs treatment for both at the same time to get better. People who think they have both problems should tell their doctor. ... See MoreSee Less
Your Brain Your brain is who you are. It’s what allows you to think, breathe, move, speak, and feel. It’s just 3 pounds of gray-and-white matter that rests in your skull, and it is your own personal “mission control.” The brain is always working, even when you're sleeping. Information from your environment makes its way to the brain, which receives, processes, and integrates it so that you can survive and function under all sorts of changing circumstances and learn from experience. This information comes from both outside your body (like what your eyes see and skin feels) and inside (like your heart rate and body temperature). The brain is made up of many parts that all work together as a team. Each of these different parts has a specific and important job to do. When drugs enter the brain, they interfere with its normal tasks and can eventually lead to changes in how well it works. Over time, drug use can lead to addiction, a devastating brain disease---when people can’t stop using drugs even when they really want to, and even after it causes terrible consequences to their health and other parts of their lives. (Learn more about the brain-body connection(link is external).) The referenced media source is missing and needs to be re-embedded. Drugs affect mostly three areas of the brain: • The brain stem is in charge of all the functions our body needs to stay alive—breathing, moving blood, and digesting food. It also links the brain with the spinal cord, which runs down the back and moves muscles and limbs. It also lets the brain know what’s happening to the body. • The limbic system links together a bunch of brain structures that control our emotional responses, such as feeling pleasure when we eat chocolate or kiss someone we love. The good feelings motivate us to repeat the behavior, which can be good because things like eating and love are critical to our lives. • The cerebral cortex is the mushroom-shaped outer part of the brain (the gray matter). In humans, it is so big that it makes up about three-fourths of the entire brain. It’s divided into four areas, called lobes, which control specific functions. Some areas process information from our senses, allowing us to see, feel, hear, and taste. The front part of the cortex, known as the frontal cortex or forebrain, is the thinking center. It powers our ability to think, plan, solve problems, and make decisions. ... See MoreSee Less
The different forms of HUMAN TRAFFICKING They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons, including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma caused by the traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.
The 3 most common types of human trafficking are sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage. According to the U.S. Department of State, forced labor, also known as involuntary servitude, is the biggest sector of trafficking in the world.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, or NDAFW, is an annual, week-long, health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners—to help advance the science, so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.
The Link below is a video about ADDICTION FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)
Absolutely agree Chief, I'll spread the word for sure! As parents, we want to know immediately to prevent what could be the start of troubling behavior.
Below is just one example of how crazy the bill is!
• Page 3, Line 36 - concerning written notification of a violation of this section by a person under 18 years of age to the parent, guardian or other person having legal custody of the underage person, a written notification shall not be provided pursuant to that section for a first violation
Amazing Job Chief Rotella! Thank you for speaking up for all parents! 👏🏻
Please use caution in the area of W Saddle River Road and Hillside Ave as there will be utility work from approximately 8am to 2pm. Please follow all directions of traffic control personnel. ... See MoreSee Less
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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Public Health Emergency in New Jersey TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 231. The Order extends the Public Health Emergency that was declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103, which was previously extended in 2020 on April 7, May 6, June 4, July 2, August 1, August 27, September 25, October 24, November 22, and December 21, and again in 2021 on January 19 and February 17. Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency expires after 30 days unless renewed.
“As we move rapidly to vaccinate New Jerseyans, the need for additional resources and support remains,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Extending the public health emergency allows us to continue COVID-19 mitigation efforts and is critical to our efforts to expand our vaccination program.”
Executive Order No. 231 extends all Executive Orders issued under the Governor’s authority under the Emergency Health Powers Act. It also extends all actions taken by any Executive Branch departments and agencies in response to the Public Health Emergency presented by the COVID-19 outbreak. ... See MoreSee Less