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Suffering from an addiction problem? We can help you find a treatment facility. You can either browse through our local Treatment Directory, allow us to make suggested referrals by using our self-administered Screening Tool, or if you prefer speaking with one of our professionals, call our confidential Referral Helpline. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can also contact us via email at While not intended to diagnose a substance abuse problem, each of these options will help narrow your search for a program that best meets your needs. Note that the options provided do not represent an exhaustive list of all available programs or constitute an endorsement of particular programs. However, these are programs we have worked with and have consistently received positive feedback from those who have accessed their services. If you live outside of Middlesex County New Jersey, you can get help now by calling the New Jersey Addiction Services Hotline anytime at 844-276-2777. You can also access the New Jersey Mental Health Cares Information and Referral Helpline at 1-866-202-HELP (4357).
If you live outside of New Jersey, reach out to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at or 212-269-7797 to find your nearest local resources.
Jason Surks Memorial Resource Center
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Canadian Doctor to U.S. Senators: Consider Legally Prescribed Heroin to Fight Abuse


The head of a Canadian clinic that provides legally prescribed heroin to people addicted to the drug told U.S. senators this week the strategy can reduce the risk of serious illness and premature death, while reducing drug-related crime.

Dr. Scott MacDonald, lead physician at the Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver, Canada, told members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that providing legal heroin to people addicted to the drug can improve their mental and physical health, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“While methadone and buprenorphine are effective treatments for many people and should remain first line responses, no single treatment is effective for all individuals,” MacDonald said in his testimony. “Every person left untreated is at high risk for serious illness and premature death.”

The Crosstown Clinic is the only place in Canada that provides legal heroin, called diacetylmorphine. The clinic also provides hydromorphone, a widely available licensed pain medication. The clinic serves 140 people, MacDonald told the senators. Patients can come up to three times a day for treatment. About one-third take a small dose of methadone with their last session at night.

The Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland also provide legal heroin, known as heroin-assisted therapy. Proponents of the treatment say clean heroin injected under medical supervision is safer than street heroin. They say that by reducing the need to beg and steal, the lives of people addicted to heroin become more orderly.One study of medical heroin in Canada, called SALOME, found 80 percent of the 202 participants stayed with the program. Of the more than 80,000 heroin injections during the study, nurses had to intervene 11 times in overdoses. In each case, patients survived.

MacDonald’s clinic gets its medical heroin from Switzerland. It is sterile and of a predictable strength.

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