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This section offers the latest press releases, news information, newsletters, new information for schools, as well as events relating to Wellspring Center for Prevention.

Pathways is Recipient of 2018 Ambassador Award

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health Stigma presented 10 Ambassador Awards to “School Based Professionals” whose work best exemplifies how they encourage understanding and acceptance of adults and children whose lives are affected by mental illness. Pathways, Wellspring Prevention’s Carteret School-Based Youth Services program was one of the awardees. Lauren Balkan, Program Director, accepted the award on behalf of Pathways. Carteret High School principal David Salvatore who nominated the Pathways program and Ezra Helfand, Wellspring’s Executive Director and CEO, joined Ms. Balkan at the festivities. Sylvia Axelrod, MA, Stigma Council Chair noted, “Congratulations to…
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It’s Time Again to Clean-Out Your Medicine Cabinet

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. many local agencies will team-up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information about this event and to find locations where to drop off your unused medicines, go to https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/. Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and…
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Piscataway Library to Display Students’ Award-Winning Contest Submissions

The Piscataway Township Public Library will present an art show that displays winning works by middle school students in Middlesex County. The “Be Smart about Medicine” Display will be at the Library from January 9th till February 5th, during regular library hours. Prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse has become an increasingly serious problem among our youth, including middle school children. One in five teens has reported using prescription pain relievers to get high and one in ten has abused over-the-counter cough medicines. The goal is to promote awareness about this problem to middle school students and encourage them to “Be…
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Wellspring Curriculum Helps State in Fight against Substance Use on School Front

Substance-abuse awareness and prevention efforts have been standard in schools for decades, from the anti-drug movies of the 1970s to the familiar DARE officers in the classrooms well into the 2000s. Today, as a result of the opioid epidemic, the State Department of Education has put together a collection of resources available to schools. Titled “Curriculum Resources for Educating Children about the Dangers of Substance Abuse”, the report is available on the NJ Department of Education website. The collection of age-appropriate curriculum and lesson plans includes a curriculum developed by Wellspring Center for Prevention, called Footprints for Life. The list…
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Medicine Take Back Day Returns to Middlesex County October 28th

On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wellspring Center for Prevention, the Coalition for Healthy Communities, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. “Prescription drug abuse continues to be a growing problem in the U.S. and locally, and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends,” said Wellspring Executive Director & CEO Ezra Helfand. “The no-questions-asked “take-back” will enable our neighbors to help prevent pill…
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