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"Let us all come together in peace, understanding, and love in the midst of a war that is raging  upon the bodies, minds,

and souls of those precious to us. Let us act before we lose one more son, daughter, friend, relative, or neighbor."

Jackson Rannells - Not An Easy Fix's founder

NOT AN EASY FIX was blessed to have had Maryrose as a member of its team and committee. She wanted to spread awareness about the opioid epidemic and fentanyl crisis and wanted to save lives through any means possible. She was one of our most active committee members bringing energy, support, creativity, and life experience to all of our programs and projects. One could call on her for help and always count on her to care. She often spoke at our events, was happily videotaped often, and always helped to promote and publicize our cause. Maryrose ran her own nonprofit 4theyoungerme and was a very talented visual artist. She will be deeply missed as we are all heartbroken by her passing and loved her very much. Rest peacefully Maryrose. Forever27.

We are so thankful to everyone who so generously and lovingly made donations to
NOT AN EASY FIX in memory of Maryrose

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Kevin F Boucher, Brittany Tramonte, Erin Lacosta, Kimberly Czernikowski, Jennifer DePace, Barbara Ciamporcero, Karen Rice, Molly Tolsky, Kathleen Rooney, Marisa Manning, Russell Caluri, Albert Skop, Joseph Jackson, Candey Thornbury, Marie Rudolph, Christine Szeluga/Modica, Karen Dankosky, Gregory Gilson, Carol Brown, Lisa Patullo, Maureen Becker, Doreen Lenzo, Ashley Pettesch, Dana Smith, Keith Schwartz, Ron Deford, Sonia Viglianti, Marisa Degennaro, Paul Holmes, James McCarthy, Kenneth Leeds, Jason Chen, Ashley Vactor, Patti Zielinski, Roseann Cervelli, Valerie Arena, Lori Quinn, Ronni Lederman, Nicolett Silvio Wood,  Robin Stiskin, Susan Lagomarsino, Tracey Paradiso, JoAnn Sei, Natalie Zaman, Karen LaMountain, Kim Basciano, Tom Toale, Mariann & Ronald Burnosky, Lora Dultz, Tom Taylor, Steven O’Toole & Mary Wadsworth, Anthony & Susan Dandola, Cindy Streepy, Maria Cabrales, Kathleen Gargiulo, George Okane, Stefanie Kolling, Edward Pryjomski, Gary & Alexis Stramaglia, Kenneth & Elizabeth Koharki, Maria and Ralph Croat, Kroll, Franklin & Assoc., Robert & Jennifer Rannells, Elizabeth Malloy, Dorothy & Kevin Driscoll, Carolyn Cardwell, Eileen Green, Nancy / Karen Deland, Carolyn Hespe, Christina Steffner, Gary Brasco, Joan Standley, Monica Skydell, Anne Fealey, Claire Otoole, Lauren DeMaioribus, Deborah Bond Upson, Ashley Pires/Hillside Avenue School in Cranford, Alan Schutz, Paul Cuprewich, Alvin Fong, Brian Kaufman, Lisa Caroselli, Susanne Betz, Mary Carisone, Maria Patullo, The Presbyterian Church at 409 Mountain Ave., Alan P Gilson, Linda Keller


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Not An Easy Fix & DJ Choices bringing a 'mind blowing’ sight & sound school assembly

with impactful messages about dangerous substances and addiction awareness

throughout Somerset County NJ.\To inquire about bringing the program to your school, contact us at

October 17, 2023 - North Plainfield High School - over 600 students in attendance

Many thanks to Principal Krouse, Student Assistance Counselor Justina Mazzella,

NPHS Teachers & Staff, and the North Plainfield Municipal Alliance for their support!

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March 23, 2023 - Somerville High School - over 1,000 students in attendance

Many thanks to Principal Foley, the Somerville Board of Education, and the Borough of Somerville for their support


We are a group of concerned citizens bringing to light the horrific effects and devastation that opioids, fentanyl, and other addictive substances have caused and are continuing to cause throughout our beautiful communities. We want to offer support, direction, and hope. We acknowledge addiction is ‘not an easy’ journey, but ‘there is always hope’ and many ‘fixes’ that can be tried and applied to potentially change the course of a life. We will address the issues and solutions to help make a difference.



Our objective is to improve the health and wellness of our loved ones, families & communities by:


  • Educating and Raising Awareness about the Opioid Epidemic and Fentanyl Crisis


  • Advocating and Taking Action against the Stigma of the Disease of Addiction


  • Providing Resource Information for Prevention of and Recovery from Substance Use Disorder



  • Present Live EventsWe will host community gatherings throughout the year to learn, to grow, to support each other, to celebrate those in recovery and to remember those we have lost.       

  • Share on Social Media - We will use various media platforms to increase awareness and bring strength in numbers.

  • Form Community Partnerships - We will build effective alliances with other area organizations to tackle this cause together.


  • Create a Photo Memorial – An ongoing photo wall of our loved ones will be displayed on our website and at events to honor their lives.



  • Over 294 people die every day from opioid overdoses in the U.S. There were 109,000 overdose deaths last year in 2022. 


  • 2,892 people died in New Jersey of drug overdoses in 2022, with most linked to the synthetic opioid fentanyl.*


  • Every 5 minutes someone dies from Fentanyl 'poisoning' in the U.S.


  • Fentanyl has been found in heroin, cocaine, meth, ecstasy, marijuana, and counterfeit pills appearing identical to prescription medication e.g. Oxycontin, Percocet, Xanax, Adderall, etc.

N.J. Overdose Update

Jan-Dec 2022

2,892 deaths

N.J. overdose death rate per 100,000 residents is 53.14% higher

than the national average.

Today, fentanyl is the leading

cause of death in the U.S.

for adults ages 18-45

How Did NOT AN EASY FIX Begin?

In early 2018, Not An Easy Fix’s founder, Jackson Rannells, came up with a vision for a needed community healing and honoring event promoting addiction awareness that would include speakers, resource tables, music, a memorial photo wall and candlelight vigil for those loved ones from his community that had passed.  He also dreamed of reaching youth by producing multi-media assemblies at local schools to deliver effective messages against substance abuse. 

To read more about Jackson's personal story

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Intro Video 2022

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