Pascrell Announces $50,000 in Drug Prevention Grants: Federal grants will fund community initiatives in Hudson County to combat substance abuse

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Updates | 0 comments

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $50,000 to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Hudson County to assist the organization in combatting youth substance abuse. The grant was made available through the Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crisis Program.

“The opioid epidemic has been a plague on families and communities throughout our country,” said Rep. Pascrell. “We must do everything we can on the federal level to secure the resources necessary to combat this problem head-on. This grant money will help NCADD bolster its efforts in Hudson County to protect our communities from the harmful impacts of opioid and substance abuse. I am always committed to seeing that Garden State towns and cities receive every penny of federal resources that they need to tackle our most pressing problems. As long as this epidemic persists, I will continue to fight for funding that will directly support local efforts to address opioid abuse and misuse in our communities.”

“The CARA grant broadens our coalition’s efforts to decrease the misuse of prescription medications in Hudson County,” said Yaisa Coronado, Program Director for Hudson County Coalition and Associate Executive Director for Partners in Prevention. “We will utilize this funding to implement environmental strategies that bring awareness and impact change by partnering with health professionals, law enforcement, and other community leaders.  We appreciate this opportunity to increase our prevention services and thank the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the award and Congressman Pascrell for his support of this grant.”

“This grant will go a long way in combatting opioid and substance abuse in our community,” said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “I want to thank NCADD of Hudson County for their work on this important issue and Congressman Pascrell for his efforts in making this grant possible.”

“We need to recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis and that addiction and substance abuse are health issues of great concern in our communities.  The drug prevention grants are vital towards combating this epidemic,” said Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos.

Background on CARA

The Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crisis Program was created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, which was strongly supported by Rep. Pascrell. The goal of this program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-to-18 in communities throughout the United States.

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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

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