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The 19th Annual New Jersey Prevention Network Addiction Conference

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​ By Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist I ​ Last Friday, May 10 th , I attended the annual NJPN Addiction Conference for the first time and it was a truly unique experience. The conference was attended by almost 1,700 of New Jersey's professionals in the substance use field from prevention, treatment centers, child and family agencies, and law enfo...
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Join Us for the 2019 Wellspring/CJFHC Conference

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From Risk to Resiliency – Focus on Women across the Lifespan Women are at particular risk for substance misuse as compared to their male counterparts.Women are impacted by the opioid epidemic at noticeable higher rates than males and alcohol abuse affects women differently than it affects men, even when they drink smaller amounts.Women need unique ...
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National Prevention Week – Monday May13th Topic: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

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By Jenna Bonstein, Preventionist I After reading the article "A Hard Pill to Swallow", written by Lisa Fields in the May 2019 issue of SJ (South Jersey) Magazine, I was inspired to share my thoughts about the important message of the opioid epidemic dealing with women in particular.  The subject of the article, Kim Govak, was a young woman whe...
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National Prevention Week 2019

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National Prevention Week (NPW) is a SAMHSA-sponsored campaign dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health by promoting prevention year-round.  The week-long National Prevention Week observance that occurs each May brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities together to celeb...
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Building Skills for Lasting Happiness

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist I "Happiness is a skill that can be strengthened" which is the core mission of Happify.  Happify is an online tool that focuses on positive psychology to strengthen a person's skills to live a meaningful and 'happy' life. This evidence-based online tool empowers people to take control of their emotional h...
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Getting Insurance After Addiction

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By Sally Perkins While addiction costs America around $200 billion in lost productivity, crime and health care, the costs to you and your family can run much deeper. Even if you have been drug or alcohol-free for a long time, your previous addiction can still have a huge impact across your life. Many people with a history of addiction find that get...
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The Evolution & Happenings of the Pathways GSA at Carteret High School

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By: Anna Pepe, Anna Pepe, Clinical Supervisor - Pathways In 2015, the need for a Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) was brought to the attention of Pathways staff, Anna Pepe by one former student, then sophomore, Alissa Radford.  Fast forward to 2019, Anna Pepe has worked closely with CHS students to grow the GSA which has provided a p...
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It’s Time Again to Clean-Out Your Medicine Cabinet

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On Saturday, April 27, 2019 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/ .   To locate a collection site near you, go to http://tinyurl.com/https-apps-deadiversion-usdo . Americans nationwide did their part to drop off a record number of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications during the DEA’s 2018 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, at close to 6,000 sites across the country. Together with a record-setting amount of local, state and federal partners, DEA collected and destroyed close to one million pounds-nearly 475 tons-of potentially dangerous...
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Poet Glenis Redmond Inspires Students With “Informance”

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by Pathways Clinicians Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW and Lisa Lussier, LSW Carteret Middle School students were recently treated to an extraordinary after school program hosted by Pathways School Based Youth Services Program, in concert with State Theater New Jersey’s Artist-in-Residence Program. Poet Glenis Redmond fascinated a classroom filled with girls and boys with her “informance,” in which she shared several poems from her three published books, Under the Sun, Backbone, and What My Hand Say. Ms. Redmond’s informance involves not simply reading her poems, but illustrating a complete picture using voice inflection and performance in a manner that is entirely captivating. She is a storyteller through and through, telling stories woven from her insights, her childhood, and inspired by African-American historical figures. According to biographical materials provided by State Theater, she is known for writing and performing a style of poetry called the Praise Poem, a type of Tribute Poetry. “It can...
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SADD Students Educate Their Peers on Teen Dating Violence

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By Karolyn Estevez, Youth Development Specialist - Pathways February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. About 1.5 million teens nationwide experience dating violence from a dating partner in a single year. Pathways’ SADD club took charge of teen dating violence awareness month and spread education to their peers about the signs of teen dating violence and what to do if they or a friend were ever in a dating violence situation. SADD conducted a tabling event during the lunch periods to target the majority of the high school students and help bring awareness to the issue. SADD students educated peers on the facts about dating violence, as well as traits of healthy relationships through quiz questions for which the students won a Hershey kiss. Throughout the month SADD students conducted a flower sale event, the profits of which were donated to an organization that serves women who have been victims of...
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