Healthcare in NJ, Carlos Medina, Tomas Gregoria, Angelo Valente

HI I’M RICH MILLER AT VIRTUA WE BELIEVE CITIZENS NEED TO BE INFORMED ABOUT THE IMPORTANT HEALTHCARE ISSUES EFFECTING THEIR LIVES THAT’S WHY WE’RE PROUD TO SUPPORT HEALTHCARE PROGRAMMING PRODUCED BY THE CAUCUS EDUCATIONAL CORPORATION AND THEIR PARTNERS IN PUBLIC TELEVISION FUNDING FOR THIS EDITION OF ONE ON ONE WITH STEVE ADUBATO HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY HORIZON BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NEW JERSEY ACTAVIS IN COOPERATION WITH THE AMERICAN MEDICINE CHEST CHALLENGE VIRTUA NEW JERSEY MANUFACTURERS COHN REZNICK ACCOUNTING, TAX, AND ADVISORY WHERE FORWARD THINKING CREATES RESULTS NEW JERSEY NATURAL GAS PROUD TO SUPPORT EDUCATION IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND BY THE LAW FIRM OF GIBBONS PC THIS IS ONE ON ONE WHEN YOU FIRST HEARD THAT THEY WERE DOING CHARLIE ROSE AND GAYLE KING DIDN’T YOU GO “WHAT?” PEOPLE LIKE LAUGHING AT OTHERS SO I DON’T MIND IF THE OTHER ISE YOU SEE? YOU GO RIGHT INTO YOUR CHARACTER. THAT’S WHAT IT IS. I’M BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER A HALF AN HOUR EACH WEEK I MEAN I’M DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL AND SO I DO FEEL SUCCESSFUL [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC PLAYING] WELCOME TO ONE ON ONE I’M STEVE ADUBATO IT IS OUR PLEASURE FOR THE FIRST TIME TO INTRODUCE MISTER CARLOS MEDINA CHAIRMAN OF THE STATEWIDE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN THE GREAT STATE OF NEW JERSEY GOOD TO SEE YOU CARLOS IT’S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE STEVE YOU’RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OTHERWISE KNOWN AS OBAMACARE THERE’S BEEN SOME CHALLENGES SIGNING UP THOSE WHO ARE IN FACT HISPANIC CITIZES BUT ALSO BUSINESS RIGHT? YES BECAUSE? PART OF IT IS THE LANGUAGE BARRIER AND A FEAR OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROGRAM KIND OF A BIG BROTHER FEAR OF WHAT ARE THEY DOING? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? “THEY” BEING THE FEDS? YEAH THE FEDS BIG GOVERNMENT SO WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE ORGANIZATION CALLED SMALL BUSINESS MAJORITY WE’VE BEEN DOING WEBINARS WE’VE BEEN DOING ON SITE WORKSHOPS JUST TO TRY TO EDUCATE PEOPLE TELLING THEM THIS IS… IN SPANISH OR ENGLISH? BOTH WE MAKE SURE WE DO THEM BOTH IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH OKAY SO LET’S TALK ABOUT BUSINESSES THAT HAPPEN TO BE CAUSE BY THE WAY YOUR ORGANIZATION DESCRIBE IT BEFORE WE BEGIN TALKING ABOUT THE BUSINESSES SURE IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1989 WE’RE THE VOICE OF THE 70,000 HISPANIC OWNED BUSINESSES IN NEW JERSEY THEY CONTRIBUTE $10,000,000,000 ANNUALLY TO THE NEW JERSEY ECONOMY OKAY SO SMALL BUSINESSES SMALL BUSINESSES THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF CHALLENGES JUST BY THE NATURE OF BEING A SMALL BUSINESS BUT THE LAW SAYS THAT IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 50 EMPLOYEES YOU MUST DO WHAT? YOU MUST HAVE SOME SORT OF HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THEM OKAY SO IF A BUSINESS DOES HAVE 50 EMPLOYEES THAT BUSINESS HAPPENS TO BE I DON’T EVEN… DEFINE A HISPANIC RUN BUSINESS I MEAN LIKE AT WHAT POINT IS IT? IF 51 PERCENT IS OF AN INDIVIDUL OF HISPANIC ORIGIN RUNNING THE BUSINESS DO YOU BELIEVE THERE ARE CERTAIN UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT THOSE KINDS OF BUSINESSES FACE THAT OTHERS WHO MAY NOT FALL INTO THAT CATEGORY FACE? SURE THERE’S THE LANGUAGE BARRIER AND THERE’S USUALLY A FIRST OR SECOND GENERATION BUSINESS SO THEY MAY NOT HAVE THE MENTORS THAT A MAINSTREAM BUSINESS HAS SO THAT’S ONE OF THE ROLES… WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT? WELL SOMEBODY COULD JUST PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL AND SAY HOW DO I FILL OUT THIS FORM? TELL ME ABOUT WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU HAD AN HR CHALLENGE THEY DON’T HAVE THAT SAME YOU KNOW ROLODEX OF MENTORS SO THAT’S WHAT THE CHAMBER TRIES TO BE FOR THEM WHAT DO YOU DO FOR THEM? REALLY JUST HELP THEM THROUGH EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS EDUCATION NETWORKING ACCESS TO DECISION MAKERS WE WANT TO BE THAT MENTOR FOR THEM PERSONALLY AND WITH OUR YOU KNOW WE HAVE TEN VERY PROMINENT BOARD MEMBERS SO THEY ALL… THEY’RE ALL THERE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS TO OUR MEMBERS WHAT’S YOUR STORY? MY STORY? YEAH SON OF A CUBAN FATHER PUERTO RICAN MOTHER THEY MET 60 YEARS AGO IN NEW YORK GOT MARRIED BEEN MARRIED SIXTY YEARS HAVE A SMALL BUSINESS ENGINEERING FIRM AND I DO THIS BECAUSE I LOVE IT AS A VOLUNTEER I AM NOT COMPENSATED IN MY ROLE AS CHAIRMAN AS THE CHAIRMAN? CORRECT BUT HOW DID YOU GET CONNECTED TO THE CHAMBER THEN? DANIEL HARROW RECRUITED ME ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AGO EXCUSE ME? WHO WAS THAT WHO RECRUITED YOU? OUR FOUNDER DANIEL HARROW VERY PROMINENT INDIVIDUAL WHO THAT’S RIGHT DECEASED ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO RIGHT SO WHEN HE BECAME ILL AND ULTIMATELY PASSED IT WAS ALMOST LIKE EVERYBODY STEPPED BACK AND I WAS THE ONE REMAINING PERSON WILLING TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE I ENJOY IT I’M PASSIONATE ABOUTT EVERY DAY THERE’S SO MANY GOOD STORIES POSITIVE STORIES YOU HEAR A LOT ON THE PRESS YOU HEART A LOT OF THE NEGATIVE STORIES I LOVE HEARING ALL THE POSITIVE STORIES OF THE HISPANIC BUSINESSES IN THE STATE WHAT’S THE MARKET LIKE? WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL? WHAT IS THE MARKET AND WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL MARKET FOR HISPANIC BUSINESS IN THE REGION? IT’S STRONG. IT’S STRONG IN NEW JERSEY AND THE REGION THEY’RE STARTING AT A HIGHER PACE PROBABLY TWO THREE TIMES THE PACE OF GENERAL BUSINESSES ARE STARTED BY HISPANICS AND EVEN GREATER BY LATINOS THAT’S ABOUT EIGHT TIMES NOW TALK ABOUT THAT UM A LOT OF THEM COME TO THIS COUNTRY OR THEY’RE OVEREDUCATED AND UNDEREMPLOYED SO IT’S DO I WORK AT A STORE FOR TEN DOLLARS AN HOUR OR DO I JUST PUT UP MY SHINGLE AND TAKE A RISK AND DO WHAT I LOVE? AND THOSE ARE THE STORIES THAT REALLY EMPOWER ALL THE MEMBERSHIP IS HEARING THOSE SUCCESS STORIES HOW… THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN YOU SEE WOMEN AND MEN WHO HAPPEN TO BE HISPANIC LATINO LATINA WHO HAVE ACCOMPLISHED GREAT THINGS NOT JUST PROFESSIONALLY IN THEIR FIELD BUT THEY BECOME BRANDS WHO HAVE BECOME ENTREPRENEURS. HOW INSPIRING ARE THEY AND MOTIVATING ARE THEY TO OTHERS WHO MAY NOT EVER REACH THAT LEVEL OF A J-LO IF YOU WILL SURE BUT I MEAN YOU KNOW YOU DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO WORK FOR SOMEONE ELSE? CORRECT. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT AND WE HAVE AN ANNUAL AWARD LUNCHEON AND THAT’S WHERE WE FEATURE FIVE TO SEVEN OF THOSE TYPES OF INDIVIDUALS YOU KNOW LAGOYA IS ALWAYS A PROUD MEMBER AND WE ALWAYS HIGHLIGHT THEM THERE’S COMPANIES LIKE NORTHEAST CONSTRUCTION THEY DO 100 MILLION A YEAR IN SALES AS A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY AND THERE ARE A LOT OF NEW JERSEY BASED SUCCESS STORIES SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT THEM SO AN INDIVIDUAL COMES IN AND CAN LOOK TO THEM AS A ROLE MODEL AND PROVE THAT THEY CAN DO THE SAME GOING BACK TO THE ACA THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND BY THE WAY WE’RE PUTTING UP THE WEBSITE NOT JUST YOUR WEBSITE FOR THE CHAMBER BUT ALSO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT… LET’S PUT UP HEALTHCARE.GOV HEALTHCARE.GOV REMAINS THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE IF YOU WILL THERE ARE DIFFERENT ENROLLMENT PERIODS BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO THAT WEBSITE FOLKS EVERYONE WATCHING ON A PUBLIC TELEVISION AUDIENCE AND ON FIOS YOU CAN GO TO THAT WEBSITE AT ANY TIME TO GET INFORMATION IS IT IN SPANISH? YOU GO TO THE WEBSITE RIGHT? AND YOU WANT TO GET ENGAGED AND LANGUAGE IS AN ISSUE WHAT DO YOU DO? MY RECCOMMENDATION AND I KNOW SURE THEY ARE A SPONSOR BUT IS TO GO TO HORIZON’S WEBSITE GO TO HORIZON’S WEBSITE? CAUSE THEY HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION IT’S BILINGUAL AND THEN THEY COULD FROM THERE GO TO THE PORTAL BUT IT GIVES A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION GO TO THE HORIZON… FINALLY ADVICE TO THOSE WHO SAY BEFORE I LET YOU OUT OF HERE CARLOS IT’S JUST SO OVERWHELMING AND MAYBE I DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS AND I CAN AVOID THIS WHOLE HEALTHCARE THING YOU SAY? I TELL THEM IT’S A GOOD THING IT’S GONNA MAKE YOU MORE COMPETITIVE IN ATTRACTING GOOD TALENT SO DO IT AND IF YOU NEED TO COME TO OUR WORKSHOP PICK UP THE PHONE CALL US WE’LL WALK THEM THROUGH THE PROCESS IT’S WORTH IT? IT IS PAYOFF IS? BETTER HEALTH YOU KNOW BETTER HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYBODY LOWER COSTS FOR EVERYBODY SO IT’S GOOD FOR BUSINESS AND IT’S GOOD FOR INDIVIDUALS IT’S GOOD FOR PEOPLE KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING CARLOS MEDINA IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STATEWIDE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN NEW JERSEY I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US GREAT THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME DON’T LET IT BE THE LAST TIME THANKS APPRECIATE IT STAY RIGHT THERE ONE ON ONE WILL CONTINUE RIGHT AFTER THIS… THANK YOU… TO SEE MORE ONE ON ONE WITH STEVE ADUBATO PROGRAMS VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.STEVEADUBATO.ORG IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS AN OPINION EMAIL US AT [email protected] FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT FACEBOOK.COM/STEVEADUBATOPHD AND FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT @STEVEADUBATO TOMAS GREGORIO IS THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS NEW JERSEY INNOVATION INSTITUTE AT NJIT GOOD TO SEE YOU TOMAS GOOD TO SEE YOU TOO BY THE WAY WHAT IS THIS OPERATION THE NEW JERSEY INNOVATION INSTITUTE WHAT IS IT? SO IT’S A SEPARATE COMPANY SPUN OFF OF NJIT TO CHANGE HOW YOU INNOVATE ON CERTAIN COMPANY PRODUCTS ON CERTAIN NETWORKS AND I HAPPEN TO BE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HEALTHCARE DOMAIN FOR EXAMPLE? GIVE US A CONCRETE EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU DO AND WHY FOLKS WATCHING RIGHT NOW WOULD SAY HEY THAT’S FASCINATING I WANT TO KNOW MORE RIGHT SO IN ’09 THERE WERE TWO LARGE PROGRAMS THAT CREATED TWO NETWORKS A NETWORK OF PROVIDERS THAT WAS 36 BILLION DOLLARS INVESTED IN CHANGING DOCTOR’S OFFICES TO ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS. SO THAT WHEN YOU… ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS? CORRECT. SO THEN WHEN YOU GO THERE YOU KNOW INSTEAD OF HAVING PAPER CHARTS IT’S AUTOMATED GOT IT THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER SIMILAR INVESTMENT CREATING NETWORKS OF HOSPITALS SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OUR ORGANIZATION DOES IS YOU KNOW CONNECT THE NETWORKS OF HOSPITALS WHICH HAPPENS TO BE FIVE IN THE NEWARK AREA IS THAT CALLED THE HIGHLANDER HEALTH DATA NETWORK? THAT’S CORRECT THE HIGHLANDER HEALTH DATA NETWORK SO THESE HOSPITALS ARE CONNECTED? WHY DOES THAT MATTER TO ME? OKAY SO THE BETTER YOUR RECORD IS COMPLETE THE EASIER IT IS TO EFFECTUATE CHANGE ON YOUR HEALTH WHICH HOSPITALS? NEWARK BETH ISRAEL EAST ORANGE ST MICHAELS JERSEY CITY MEDICAL CENTERS OKAY SO HOLD ON I GO TO BETH ISRAEL THAT’S RIGHT ONE OF MY FAVORITE… NOT THAT I LIKE TO GO MY DAD GOES THERE OKAY SO HE GOES… WE GO TO NEWARK BETH I GO TO NEWARK BETH BUT I WAS AT ST MICHAELS FOUR YEARS AGO? RIGHT SO WHAT? SO WHAT? THAT DATA IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THAT PHYSICIAN TO MAKE A DECISION ON SOMETHING THAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED THAT WAS COLLECTED IN TERMS OF INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR VISIT AT ST MIKES IS IT MEDICAL INFORMATION? IS IT FINANCIAL INFORMATION? IT’S MEDICAL INFORMATION JUST MEDICAL? THAT’S CORRECT. RESULTS. RESULTS OF TESTS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN DONE WHILE YOU WERE AT THAT OTHER HOSPITAL ARE YOU… WHAT IMPACT COULD THIS POTENTIALLY HAVE ON HOW I’M TREATED? AND THE OUTCOME? WELL IT HELPS THAT THE PROVIDER HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING ON YOU KNOW YOUR METABOLIC STATE NOT THAT LONG AGO WE’RE WORKING ON A PROJECT WHERE YOU KNOW IF MEDICATIONS WERE PROSCRIBED TO YOU AND YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO TAKE TWO A DAY RIGHT FOR A 30 DAY PERIOD RIGHT BUT WHEN YOU REFILL IT YOU REFILL IT TWO MONTHS LATER AND YOU’VE TAKEN ACTUALLY ONE A DAY WELL THAT HURTS THE REGIMENT OF YOUR TREATMENT IN GETTING BETTER SO BY COLLECTING THAT DATA IN THAT EXCHANGE WE CAN ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHEN WE INTERVENE WITH YOU AS A PATIENT THE DOCTOR CAN BUT WHY WOULD NJIT THE NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND YOUR OPERATION THERE WHY WOULD YOU BE SO INVOLVED IN HEALTHCARE? WELL IT’S ONE OF FIVE VERTICALS THAT WE’RE INTERESTED IN WE’RE INTERESTED IN INNOVATION IN FINANCE INNOVATION IN CIVIL ENGINEERING HOMELAND SECURITY DEFENSE FINANCE HEALTHCARE LIKE WHAT WHY IS IT THAT TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTHCARE HOMELAND SECURITY DEFENSE FINANCE WHY ALL THOSE AREAS? BECAUSE THERE WERE AREAS THAT WERE FOUND TO HAVE THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY TO EFFECTUATE CHANGE BY VIRTUE OF HAVING THIS INNOVATIVE PROGRAM THAT WE CAN DOMINATE EACH ONE OF THESE SECTORS SO OKAY JUST GIVE US AN EXAMPLE I KNOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HEALTHCARE PRIMARILY BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SECURITY AND SAY HOMELAND SECURITY THE WHOLE… I’M FASCINATED BY THE WHOLE EYE RECOGNITION THING GEORGETTE WHAT’S IT CALLED AGAIN? YOU SAID? OH FACE RECOGNITION RIGHT IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FACE AND EYE THING OR IS IT THE SAME THING? YEAH IT’S OCULAR AND THERE’S ONE THAT SCANS YOUR FACE THERE IS A DIFFERENCE SOME OF THEM HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE BOTH BUT I LOOKED AT FACE RECOGNITION THAT’S VERY MUCH USED IN SECURITY AND HOW A PHYSICIAN MAY BE ABLE TO USE IT IN HEALTHCARE SO WE CROSS OVER TO SEE HOW TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAY BE WORKING IN ONE AREA COULD WORK IN ANOTHER AND AFFECT THAT MUCH BETTER WHAT’S A LOGIN? WHAT’S A LOGIN? A DOCTOR LOGS IN WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? SO A DOCTOR GOES UP TO A COMPUTER PUTS HIS NAME NUMBER IN OR HER? OR HER AND THEN HE HAS TO DO IT TO MULTIPLE SYSTEMS SO IMAGINE A DOCTOR WALKING UP TO A COMPUTER AND THAT HAPPENING FOR THEM JUST BY RECOGNIZING THEIR FACE SO THESE ARE THE TYPES OF INNOVATIVE THINGS THAT WE’RE TRYING TO CHANGE TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT INFORMATION TO EFFECT YOUR HEALTH WHEN THEY TREAT YOU HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS WHOLE THING? I GOT INTO IT AS A WAY TO PAY FR COLLEGE MANY MANY YEARS AGO [LAUGHTER] WORKING AT PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL OVER 23 YEARS AGO BUT I DON’T UNDERSTAND WE GOT INTO HEALTHCARE? YES YES SO IT WASN’T TECHNOLOGY THAT WAS DRIVING YOU? NO NO IT WAS THE MISSION OF HEALTHCARE I’M TRAINED TO TAKE OPERATIONAL CHANGES USE TECHNOLOGY AND FIND WAYS TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL ECOSYSTEM I’VE BEEN A CONSULTANT I’VE BEEN AN ADMINISTRATOR AND A CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AT A HOSPITAL SO I HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT HAPPENS AND WHAT DOESN’T HAPPEN THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED SO IT’S A VERY FULFILLING JOB FOR ME AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE TO WHAT DEGREE ARE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ENGAGED OR INVOLVED IN COOPERATING? THEY ARE VERY INTERESTED IN THE FACT THAT PRESCRIPTIONS AREN’T REFILLED BECAUSE THAT MEANS THAT’S REVENUE FOR THEM SO FROM A HEALTHCARE PERSPECTIVE A CLINICIAN IS VERY INTERESTED IN YOU TAKING YOUR MEDICATION AND THE PHARMA COMPANIES ARE VERY INTERESTED IN YOU RENEWING YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS SO IT’S A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP THAT BENEFITS THEM BUT THAT’S GOOD FOR THEM BUT FOR CONSUMERS DON’T WE WANT TO BE DRIVING COSTS DOWN? YOU DO YOU DO BECAUSE… WE’RE NOT THAT CONCERNED ABOUT PROFITS FOR THEM WELL I… NO BUT IT BENEFITS BOH GO AHEAD BUT I’LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE SO THERE’S DISCOUNT CARDS THAT WE CAN HARD CODE INTO THE COMPUTER SO GO AHEAD WHEN YOU GO TO THE PHARMACY YOUR COPAY MAY BE LOWER SO THOSE ARE ALL DIFFERENT WAYS THAT YOU AFFECT AND DRIVE DOWN COSTS IT’S FASCINATING STUFF TOMAS GREGORIO SENIOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THE HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEM OF HEALTHCARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS NEW JERSEY INNOVATION INSTITUTE TIED TO THE GREAT NJIT NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY THANKS FOR JOINING US MY PLEASURE STAY RIGHT THERE DON’T GO ANYWHERE WE GOT YOUR FACE ALL PROGRAMMED. STAY… WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK RIGHT AFTER THIS THAT WAS GOOD TO SEE MORE ONE ON ONE WITH STEVE ADUBATO PROGRAMS VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.STEVEADUBATO.ORG IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS AN OPINION EMAIL US AT [email protected] FIND US ON FACEBOOK AT FACEBOOK.COM/STEVEADUBATOPHD AND FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AT @STEVEADUBATO IT’S HAPPENING IN SUBURBIA I MEAN IT’S A NEW FACE THAT’S A NEW FACE OF ADDICTION NOW YES OUR KIDS ARE THE NEW FACE OF ADDICTION THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL HANDSOME YOU KNOW TALENTED REALLY CREATIVE RIGHT CREATIVE GOOD FAMILIES THE TYPICAL YOUR TYPICAL CHILD MM HMM AND THEY’RE DYING AND THEY’RE DYING IN GREAT… FAST AMOUNTS… GRAE AMOUNTS TOO MUCH… IT’S… RAPIDLY AND YOU KNOW WE’RE LOSING TOO MANY KIDS YOU KNOW AND IT’S THE SAME STORY YOU KNOW WITH ALL THESE PEOPLE IN MY GROUP THEY COME AND THEY SHARE AND IT’S THE SAME STORY JUST THAT THE NAMES ARE CHANGED AND IT’S A BOY OR IT’S A GIRL BUT IT’S THE SAME WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN AND THEY’RE ALL GETTING… THEYE ALL DYING POWERFUL STUFF I WANT TO REINTRODUCE OUR FRIEND ANGELO VALENTI THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG FREE NEW JERSEY ANGELO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE WE’RE JUST SEEING WELL STEVE THAT WAS A MESSAGE FROM FOUR MOMS WHO THREE OF WHOM LOST THEIR CHILDREN TO OPIOID ABUSE AND UNFORTUNATELY IN NEW JERSEY EVERY DAY TWO FAMILIES LOSE A LOVED ONE TO OPIOID ABUSE WE’RE AT EPIDEMIC LEVELS WITH THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE IN THE STATE AND THESE MOMS CAME TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT OTHER MOMS OTHER PARENTS OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WERE AWARE THAT THIS AN ISSUE THAT EFFECTS EVERYONE AN ISSUE THAT EFFECTS PEOPLE IN SUBURBS PEOPLE IN RURAL AREAS PEOPLE IN WEALTHY COMMUNITIES PEOPLE IN POOR COMMUNITIES AND IT’S AN ISSUE THAT WE ALL NEED TO BE SPEAKING TO OUR CHILDREN ABOUT SO THESE MOMS ARE VERY BRAVE THEY’RE TELLING THEIR STORIES AND THEY’RE ALSO PROVIDING TIPS ABOUT WHAT THEY MISSED HMM THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS THAT THEY MISSED WHICH ARE REALLY CRUCIAL FOR PARENTS I KNOW BOTH OF US AS PARENTS OF TEENS AND PRETEENS THAT THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS GOING ON WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE BUT ONE OF THE THINGS WE ALL HAVE TO DO IS WE HAVE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK FOR SIGNS LOOK FOR PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT EXIST AND IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS WE NEED TO GET HELP AND LET’S TALK ABOUT A COUPLE WEBSITES A COUPLE WEBSITES UP HERE NOW THE FIRST ONE TALKNOW.COM IS? TALKNOWNJ.COM TALKNOWNJ.COM I APOLOGIZE TALKNOWNJ.COM WHAT’S THAT FOR? THAT’S HOUSES THE VIDEO THAT WE JUST SAW WHICH IS AN EXCELLENT RESOURCE WE DEVISE THAT EVERY PARENT SPEND 10 15 MINUTES LISTENING TO THESE MOMS HEARING THEIR STORIES AND I THINK THAT THEY’RE REALLY EYE OPENING THE OTHER THING THAT YOU’LL FIND IN THE SE IS RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. THERE’S LINKS TO TREATMENT FACILITIES LINKS TO COUNSELLORS SO IF YOU DO HAVE AN ISSUE CERTAINLY YOU WANT TO SEEK HELP AND FINALLY THERE’S A TEST FOR PARENTS A TEST? IT’S A TEST. WHAT IT DOES IS… WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS? WELL IT ASKS PARENTS TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE YOU KNOW THAT PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE AND CAN BE EXTREMELY POTENTIALLY ADDICTIVE AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE PARENTS ARE AWARE OF THIS BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY STARTS THEIR DRUG ADDICTION ESPECIALLY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BY ACCESSING MEDICINE CABINETS BY BUYING DRUGS FROM FRIENDS OR BUYING DRUGS FROM DEALERS MANY PEOPLE MANY YONG PEOPLE START THEIR ADDICTION BY RECEIVING A PRESCRIPTION FROM A DOCTOR FOR A SPORTS INJURY FOR OTHER TYPES OF PROCEDURES THAT MIGHT HAVE TAKEN PLACE EVEN DENTAL PROCEDURES SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT PARENTS ARE AWARE THAT SOME OF THESE DRUGS ARE EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE BUT WHERE ARE THEY GETTING ACCESS TO IT? I MEAN HOW ARE THEY GETTING IT? WELL ONE OF THE MAJOR WAYS THAT THEY’RE GETTING ACCESS IS THROUGH THE MEDICINE CABINET AND AT THE PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG FREE NEW JERSEY WITH THE COOPERATION OF SOME OF OUR PARTNERS ACTIVISTS AND SOME OF OUR OTHER CORPORATE SUPPORTERS WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS WE HAVE DEVELOPED A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO THAT WE HAVE A FIVE STEP CHALLENGE CALLED IS THAT THE AMERICAN MEDICINE CHEST CAN WE PUT THAT UP RIGHT NOW? DRUGFREENJ.ORG IS A GREAT SITE TO VISIT FOR ALL OF THESE RESOURCES GO AHEAD AND WHAT THAT CHALLENGE IS TO TAKE FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR HOME THE FIRST STEP IS TO DO AN INVENTORY TO KNOW WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR MEDICINE CABINETS MOST OF US HAVE MEDICINES THAT HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE FOR YEARS AND SOME OF THOSE MEDICINES ARE VERY ADDICTIVE THE SECOND STEP IS TO MAKE SURE YOU LOCK THOSE MEDICINES KEEP THEM OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN I MEAN THE SAME WAY FOR MANY YEARS WE LOCKED OUR LIQUOR CABINETS ONCE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TURNED TO THE TEENS WE HAVE TO BE CONSIDERING LOCKING THOSE MEDICINE CABINETS KEEPING THEM AWAY FROM ACCESSING THE THIRD STEP IS TO DISPOSE OF YOUR MEDICINE PROPERLY AND IF YOU VISIT OUR WEBSITE YOU CAN FIND THE DISPOSAL SITE THAT’S AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS IN NEW JERSEY WE HAVE OVER 100 LOCATIONS WHERE YOU CAN GO TO A LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT HMM AND DISPOSE OF YOUR MEDICINES THAT YOU NO LONGER NEED OR WANT THE FOURTH STEP IS DON’T SHARE YOUR MEDICINES BECAUSE MEDICINES DO NOT SHARE YOUR MEDICINES? ABSOLUTELY NOT SOMEONE SAYS WAIT A MINUTE? YOU DIDN’T USE ALL THOSE? I COULD USE THEM. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? WELL THE PROBLEM IS THAT THOSE MEDICINES ARE PRESCRIBED TO YOU WITH A DOCTOR WITH UNDERSTANDING THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THOSE MEDICINES AND IT’S VERY DANGEROUS TO SHARE MEDICINE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT BE INTRODUCING SOMEONE TO THE ISSUE OF ADDICTION AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IF THAT’S NOT THE CASE FINAL POINT FINAL AND MOST IMPORTANT STEVE IS WE NEED TO START DIALOGUE WITH OUR CHILDREN WE NEED TO START DISCUSSING THIS ISSUE WE NEED TO START BEING HONEST WITH THEM ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND LETTING THEM KNOW ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS AND HOW THIS ISSUE EFFECTS EVERYONE AND WE NEED TO REALLY… PARENTS NEED TO BE AWARE THAT IT’S NOT SOMETHING THEY CAN AVOID TALKING ABOUT SPEAKING OF BEING AWARE THE SECOND CLIP AND I’D LIKE YOU TO HELP SET THIS UP ANG STEVE AND ELAINE RIGHT POZYCKI TWO LEADERS IN THIS MOVEMENT YES NOT BY CHOICE TALK ABOUT IT CAUSE WE’RE ABOUT TO SEE ELAINE TALKING ABOUT… SHE’S OE OF THE FOUR YES MOMS TALKING SET THIS UP SURE WHY DO THEY CARE SO MUCH? WELL I THINK THAT THEY CARE BECAUSE I THINK THEY FEEL THAT THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE THIS TRAGEDY HAPPEN TO OTHER FAMILIES WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM? WELL THEY LOST THEIR CHILD TO OPIOID ABUSE AND THEY TRIED AND DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP THEIR SON AND I THINK THAT WHEN ELAINE SPEAKS ON THIS VIDEO SHE TALKS ABOUT SOME OF THE SIGNS THAT SHE MIGHT HAVE MISSED AND HOW SHE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT OTHER MOMS AND OTHER PARENTS DON’T MISS THOSE SIGNS AND EARLY INTERVENTION IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE’RE DEALING WITH THE DISEASE LIKE ANY OTHER DISEASE AND WITH EARLY INTERVENTION YOU HAVE YOUR BEST SUCCESS AND THAT’S THE MESSAGE THAT WE’RE DELIVERING SO THESE ARE FOUR MOMS WHO CARE DEEPLY NOT JUST ABOUT THEIR OWN CHILDREN BUT CARE DEEPLY ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN MY CHILDREN WHICH IS WHY THEY’VE DONE THIS VIDEO AND THIS IS ELAINE POZYCKI TALKING ABOUT WELL IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF LET’S GO TO THE CLIP SOME OF THE SIGNS WERE SILLY LITTLE THINGS ONE DAY HE WAS IN THE KITCHEN AND HE WAS SCRATCHING HIMSELF AND HE WAS ITCHY AND HE GOES I’M SO ITCHY AND I’M RUNNING TO GET TO GET THE HYDROCORTISONE BUT IT’S A REACTION FROM THE THE OPIATES THE OPIATES THEY’RE SO STRONG AND UM OTHER THINGS WERE JUST BEING IRRITABLE UM WHEN THE HEROIN WHICH I DIDN’T REALIE WE WERE ALL HAVING DINNER FOR MY MOM FOR HER BIRTHDAY AND HE WAS AT THE TABLE AND HE WAS NODDING OUT LIKE THIS AND THEN I WAS THINKING OH MY GOSH HE’S SO TIRED WHY DID HE GO TO BED LAST NIGHT WELL YOU KNOW WELL HE HAD TO WATCH THAT THIRD MOVIE AND THEN HE WOULD TALK LIKE THIS BUT THEN HE WOULD JUST START TALKING NORMAL AND I DIDN’T REALIZE THAT NODDIG IS REALLY NUMBER ONE SIGN FOR HEROIN OPIATES AND IF I HAD KNOWN THAT I WOULD HAVE KNOWN A LITTLE EARLIER THAT THAT’S WHT HE WAS DOING HOW POWERFUL IS THAT ANG? WELL I THINK THERE’S… AGAIN AA PARENT HAVING ANOTHER PARENT TALK ABOUT THE LOSS OF A CHILD IS ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE AND UNREAL AND WE WOULD NEVER WANT TO HAVE ANYONE GO THROUGH THAT SITUATION SO THE FACT THAT THESE FOUR MOMS CAME FORWARD THE FACT THAT THEY WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO TELL THEIR STORY AND SHARE THEIR STORY I THINK REALLY IS A WONDERFUL TOOL FOR ALL NEW JERSEY FAMILIES TO USE AND WE WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO VISIT THE SITE TO SPEND THAT TEN FIFTEEN MINUTES LISTENING TO THESE MOMS AND TO USE THAT AS A WAY TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL PROBLEMS I MEAN ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK IS IMPORTANT IS WE WANT PEOPLE TO RULE OUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE IF THEIR CHILD AND TEEN MIGHT BE HAVING ANY OF THESE SIGNS IT MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING THESE SIGNS WE CERTAINLY WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE BUT STAY RIGHT THERE DO YOU THINK SOME PARENTS WHO MAY EVEN SEE SOME OF THE SIGNS THAT ELAINE WAS TALKING ABOUT DO YOU THINK SOME PARENTS ARE RELUCTANT TO… EVEN IF THEY SEE IT TO DEAL WITH IT DIRECTLY AND CONFRONT IT? ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN ONE OF THE THINGS WE UNFORTUNATELY ARE DEALING WITH IS THERE’S STIGMA INVOLVED WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE WE FOR EXAMPLE… SO THEY SAY OKAY THEY GO HEY LISTEN IT WILL WORK ITSELF OUT THAT’S RIGHT YOU SAY? WELL ABSOLUTELY NOT SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND THE SUBSTANCE USE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL WORK ITSELF OUT A CHILD WHO IS EXPERIENCING THESE SIGNS WHO IS ABUSING DRUGS NEEDS HELP AND THEY NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP AND THEY NEED… THEY ARE SICK? THEY ARE. IT’S A DISEASE LIKE AY OTHER DISEASE THAT’S RIGHT IF A CHILD… IF YOU HAD A CHILD THAT HAD A HEART CONDITION YOU WOULDN’T STAND BY EXACTLY AND SAY IT WOULD WORK ITSELF OUT THAT’S RIGHT AND IT’S LIKE ALL OTHER DISEASES THERE’S GONNA BE RELAPSES EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE LIKE WE LOOK AT ANY OTHER DISEASE LIKE DIABETES LIKE HEART DISEASE LIKE CANCER I MEAN IF SOMEBODY HAS A RELAPSE YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT THEM TO NOT RECEIVE TREATMENT THAT’S RIGHT OR NOT GET HELP SO BUT WHAT IS CON… I’M SORRY FOR INTERRUPTING WHAT IS THE CONNECTION THOUGH BETWEEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND THEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT HEROIN? I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT CONNECTION THEY ARE OPIOID BASED AND IN NEW JERSEY AND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE MIGHT EXPERIMENT WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BECOME ADDICTIVE AND THEN WHEN THOSE DRUGS DRY UP THEY BECOME VERY EXPENSIVE IN THE BLACK MARKET AND OP… THE HEROIN IS A LOT LS EXPENSIVE IT’S CHEAPER? IT’S CHEAPER IT’S MUCH CHEAPER STEVE AND THAT’S THE REASON WHY SO MANY PEOPLE TURN FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUGS TO HEROIN BECAUSE IT PROVIDES THE SAME SENSATION AND IT’S A LOT CHEAPER AND ADDICTIVE AND THE POWER OF EARLY INTERVENTION? LAST MINUTE TALK ABOUT IT THERE’S NO MORE IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAN IF YOU DO ANTICIPATE OR YOU EXPECT OR YOU KNOW THAT YOUR CHILD HAS A PROBLEM TO GET HELP AND GET SOME SUPPORT AND THERE ARE RESOURCES THERE ARE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT HAVE RESOURCES THERE IS THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY THAT IS AVAILABLE THERE ARE COUNSELLORS AND WE KNOW THAT THAT’S THE BEST WAY TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE KID PUSHES BACK AND SAYS NO I’M GOOD WE THINK IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO GET THAT CHILD HELP A FEW SECONDS LEFT HERE ANG I KNOW WE’RE GONNA CONTINUE TO DO WORK TOGETHER AND PARTNER OUR NON PROFIT IN THE WORLD OF PUBLIC BROADCASTING YOUR ORGANIZATION YOU REMAIN HOPEFUL? ABSOLUTELY THERE ARE POSITIVE SIGNS OUT THERE WE JUST HAD A SURVEY THAT SHOW THAT A FEW SECONDS GO AHEAD MOST PARENTS IN NEW JERSEY ARE RECOGNIZING THIS IS AN ISSUE AND THEY ARE DISCUSSING IT WITH THEIR CHILDREN SO WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS BUT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO BE DILIGENT WITH THAT MESSAGE AND THERE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT THING THAT WE CAN DO OTHER THAN BE A PART OF THE EFFORT TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS AND KEEP PUTTING UP THE WEBSITES FOR ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE OUT THERE DOING IT EVERY DAY AND WE’RE PROUD TO BE WORKING WITH YOU SHOULDER TO SHOULDER THANK YOU STEVE ANGELO AND THE PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG FREE NEW JERSEY THANK YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH THANKS ONE ON ONE WITH STEVE ADUBATO HAS BEEN A PRODUCTION OF THE CAUCUS EDUCATIONAL CORPORATION CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS OF BROADCAST EXCELLENCE FUNDING FOR THIS EDITION OF ONE ON ONE WITH STEVE ADUBATO HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY HORIZON BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NEW JERSEY ACTAVIS IN COOPERATION WITH THE AMERICAN MEDICINE CHEST CHALLENGE VIRTUA NEW JERSEY MANUFACTURERS COHN REZNICK NEW JERSEY NATURAL GAS AND BY THE LAW FIRM OF GIBBONS PC PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE STAR LEDGER POWERING NJ.COM AND BY NJBIZ ALL BUSINESS ALL NEW JERSEY TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED BY AIR BROOK LIMOUSINE [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC PLAYING] SOME THINGS WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE CUT. 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