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Drug & Alcohol Prevention Municipal Alliance
The Maplewood/ South Orange Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is a program funded by state of New Jersey under the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The Municipal Alliance local ordinance was issued in 1990 in Maplewood (Chapter 10, Ord. #1832)

The mission of the Municipal Alliance is to be "A mechanism for implementing policies to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse (and) support appropriate county and municipal-based alcohol and drug abuse education and public awareness activities" (N.J.S.A. 26-BB-7a).

The goal of the Municipal Alliance is "To provide successful prevention programs and public awareness activities, using environmental strategies [to make community wide changes]."

Alliance members determine how funds are to be spent on programs that educate and offer alternative activities that reduce drug and alcohol experimentation. Special attention is directed toward programs for youth. The alliance grants funds to organizations and programs that benefit the school district at all age levels to promote healthy behaviors, make environmental changes that reduce exposure to drugs, tobacco and alcohol use, and encourage academic success for at-risk youth or struggling learners.
Examples include:
  • the Columbia High School graduating Senior Midnight Madness program. Midnight Madness/Project Graduation is an All Night Party and is part of a national effort to provide a drug- and alcohol-free celebration for seniors on Graduation Night. More teens are involved in car accidents on graduation night than any other. This planned festivity provides a safe venue for Our New Graduates to hang out with their peers and celebrate. Parents and guardians can relax knowing their children are safe.
  • The Maplewood Police Department Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) education program for fifth graders (formerly the D.A.R.E. Program)
  • YouthNet, a local organization that works within the school district, that provides academic assistance to support at risk youth including afterschool tutoring, technology and computer classes.  Extracurricular activities include: alcohol free venues for youth on weekend evenings, and youth gatherings at community centers. YouthNet leads small group discussions with participants using the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism classroom resources like computer interactive quizzes and role playing scenarios. 
  • Public awareness and community outreach programs.  Local police department and municipal alliance members increase community outreach and awareness of anti-drug and alcohol messages through programs such as Teen Game Nights, Teen Pool Nights, and National Night Out Against Crime in the summer/ fall. These early evening programs give youth a supervised, healthy activity outdoors and prevent them from engaging in unhealthy risk behaviors. 
  • EleMentors Mentoring Program through the Program for Parents/ Parenting Center.  This program, through the Parenting Center and school social workers oversee several programs including:
    • EleMentors program 
      • A mentorship/ tutoring program between Columbia High School students and 4th and 5th grade elementary school students to provide peer support and academic assistance.
      • Columbia High School students are trained as volunteers to mentor as "Reading Buddies" to grades K-2
    • Beyond the Bell afterschool enrichment program in the elementary schools that keeps kids involved in the passion of learning in a safe environment and modeling healthy, positive behaviors. 
To learn more about preventing alcoholism and drug abuse or to join the Maplewood/ South Orange Municipal Alliance, please contact the Health Department at (973) 762-8120 ext. 4400.

Statewide Regulation Increases the Age of Sale of Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Products to Twenty-One (21).  
In 2016, the Maplewood Township Committee passed an ordinance to prohibit the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products to persons under the age of twenty-one (21) within the Township of Maplewood. Click here to view the Ordinance #2814-16

As of November 2017, New Jersey regulations will raise the age of sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products to twenty-one (21) years of age. 

Take Down Tobacco Toolkit 
#Bethefirst tobacco-free generation!  Click on the link to download the Toolkit and take the online course to get the knowledge, skills and tools, you need to fight tobacco use in our community. 

??Information on Synthetic or Designer Drugs
?Press Release from the NJ Poison information and Education System, NJ P.I.E.S., August 1, 2017.
Synthetic Drug Fact Sheet from the American College of Emergency Physicians

How to Dispose of Expired or Unused Prescription Drugs

To find out locations near Maplewood where you can safely dispose of household expired or unused prescription drugs, see the chart below or go to



Belleville Police Dept.

152 Washington Ave., Belleville

Millburn Police Dept.

435 Essex St., Millburn

Bloomfield Police Dept.

1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield

Montclair Police Dept.

647 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair

Caldwell Police Dept.

1 Provost Square, Caldwell

Newark Police Dept.

480 Clinton Ave., Newark

East Orange Police Dept.

230 Fairfield Road., Fairfield

North Caldwell Police Dept.

136 Gould Ave., North Caldwell

Glen Ridge Police Dept.

3 Herman St., Glen Ridge

Nutley Police Dept.

228 Chestnut St., Nutley

Irvington Police Dept.

1 Civic Square, Irvington

West Orange Police Dept.

60 Main St., West Orange

Livingston Police Dept.

333 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston

How to Dispose of Medication Syringes
Please refer to the pamphlet from the NJ Department of Health Consumer, Environmental and Occupational Health Service, "Safe Syringe Disposal"

Drug and Alcohol Resources

Reach NJThis helpline provides an individualized assessment of callers' needs. The helpline offers 24-hour service focused on addiction, and serves as a one-stop shop to simplify the process for those seeking help.
Communities in Crisis
Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey 
NJ Helps
Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Know Addiction NJ
Turn the Tide Rx
Alcoholics Anonymous, Northern Jersey
Narcotics Anonymous and phone number: (732)-933-0462 or 1-800-992-0401

Medication Assisted Treatment Site: East Orange Substance Abuse Treatment Program, 160 Halstead St. 1st Floor, East Orange, NJ 07018 (973) 266-5200

Practitioners for Suboxone Treatment can be found here: Suboxone Treatment- New Jersey

Opiate Addiction and Treatment Resource The Opiate Addiction & Treatment Resource (OATR) is a website based in North America which aims to provide accurate, up-to-date information about opioids, addiction and dependence, and available treatment options to the public. We believe in harm reduction policies, practices, and programs that address the adverse effects of drug use, and we are supporters of international drug policy reform. Our Methadone Clinic Directory serves to further our goal of improving access to existing treatment options for opioid addiction. Contact information is available on this page.

Support Groups for the Family and Caregivers of People Living With Addiction

Al-Anon and Alateen apply a 12-step program and provide free support to family and loved ones of substance abusers.   Phone number: 1-888-944-5678

  • Family Connection NJ  Family Connection provides mental health and addiction counseling and services for families. 

  • NJ Poison Information and Education System (NJ PIES): (800) 222-1222

  • NJ Drug Hotline: call 2-1-1

  • Reach NJ 1-844-ReachNJ (1-844-732-2465)

  • New Jersey Mental Health Cares (part of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey): (866) 202-HELP (4357)

  • NJ Connect:  A free, confidential call line designed to connect addicts with certified drug and alcohol counselors and connect family members with peer specialists. Available 12-8 pm:            (855) 652-3737

  • New Jersey Addictions Services Hotline (Available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week): (844) 276-2777.

574 Valley St.
Maplewood Township, NJ 07040
Hours of Operation 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Ph: (973) 762-8120