Permanent Drop Boxes in Hudson County

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Updates | 0 comments

This Saturday, April 28th, is nationally recognized as DEA’s Take Back Day.  Pharmacies, police departments, amongst other locations across the country participate in the collection of unwanted medications.  This effort is to help reduce substance misuse.

 

In case you are unable to participate this Saturday, the following locations have permanent drop boxes that are accessible 24 hours. Contact us to learn more and/or discuss the possibility of bringing one to your department!  If you are looking for a location elsewhere in New Jersey, click here.

 

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Hudson County Coalition in the News!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Updates | 0 comments

Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community has been featured in the Jersey Journal for our ongoing efforts to reduce underage drinking in Hudson County!  See below for the article or click here.

Put to test for second year, how did Bayonne liquor stores fare on ID checks?

Bayonne liquor stores are getting better about checking customers’ identification, but there is still work to be done, according to study down by the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC).

Since 2013 the HCCDFC has chosen a day geared around a popular holiday or big event to conduct a mini sting on liquor stores to investigate if they are properly checking IDs on their young clientele.

The organization sends out a person who is old enough to purchase alcohol to 10 liquors stores in a municipality — in this case Bayonne, a few days before the Super Bowl. The person sent by the HCCDFC is always outfitted in a college sweatshirt to indicate they may be too young to purchase liquor.

The legal drinking age is 21 and if a store is cited four times for serving alcohol to a person under 21, the liquor license may be revoked.

In 2017, seven of 10 liquor stores visited prior to Super Bowl Sunday failed to check the ID of the HCCDFC volunteer. This year, also prior to the Super Bowl, only four of the same 10 stores failed to check the person’s identification, a significant improvement.

The HCCDFC has prioritized underage drinking as a major public health concern because of some of its obvious consequences — violence, driving while intoxicated, alcohol poisoning and high-risk behavior.

HCCDFC officials said it hopes the informal assessment continues to promote the need to implement a policy of checking ID on any customer who appears to be under the age of 30.

Along with local police departments, the Hudson County Coalition offers free Techniques of Alcohol Management (TAMs) trainings to liquor store owners and employees. The training is nationally recognized as the leading program for responsible serving.

The HCCDFC first began the initiative in 2013. At that time there was a 73 percent ate of noncompliance among the randomly selected stores in the communities of West Hudson. By 2015, the nincompliance rate had dropped to 21 percent.

For more information about the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community, please visit our website at www.hudsoncountycoalition.org.

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Billboard Advertisement – Harrison, NJ

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in Updates | 0 comments

 

Be on the lookout for our Monitoring billboard ad located on Route 280 in Harrison, New Jersey.  You never know who else may be “sharing” your prescriptions.  All it takes is one time, so prevent it from happening at all by monitoring and securing your medications in one location.

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Holiday Party 2017

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Updates | 0 comments

On Friday, the Hudson County Coalition staff hosted their annual Holiday Meet & Greet, thanking everyone who has worked with the coalition throughout the years.  Thanks to all our partners, we are able to make an impact in our county to reduce the use and abuse of substances.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

from all of us at Partners in Prevention!

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