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Wellspring Hosts 3rd Annual “Prevention Works for Older Adults” Conference

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist On December 4 th , 2019 Wellspring Center for Prevention and the Middlesex County Office on Aging hosted their 3 rd Annual "Prevention Works for Older Adults" Conference which focused on 'Managing Pain without Opioids'. Proper pain management poses an obstacle for older adults as there are laps in knowledge on...
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OCT
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Local Sites are Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs October 26

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On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.14 local agencies and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to any of the locations l...
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OCT
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Wellspring Staff Attend POMW Conference in D.C.

Wellspring Staff Attend POMW Conference in D.C.
By Jenna Bonstein, Preventionist I ​ Pictured above are Marline Vignier, Regional Minority Health Consultant / Acting Regional Women's Health Coordinator U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (right together with with Wellspring's Jenna Bonstein (first left) and Helen Varvi. ​ Last September 18 th and 19 th , the Office of Women's Health, U....
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SEP
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The Middlesex Superior Court’s County Drug Court Program Is 2019 Tree of Hope Recipient

IMG958642 Pictured above are Leslie Hirsch, Interim CEO and President, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System and Heather Ward, Wellspring’s Coordinator of School & Family Programs.
Wellspring Center for Prevention will be celebrating the 2019 National Recovery Month by dedicating its "Tree of Hope" to The Middlesex Superior Court's County Drug Court program. The "Tree of Hope" is awarded annually to an organization that promotes recovery from addiction. ​ A ceremony to recognize the program will take place Wednesday, Septembe...
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SEP
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September is National Senior Center Month

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September is National Senior Center Month—your opportunity to showcase your senior center and promote a positive image of aging. The 2019 theme is: Senior Centers: The Key to Aging Well! This September, the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) is demonstrating how senior centers are integral parts of aging well. Senior centers are the key fo...
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AUG
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Emergency Departments Can Help Prevent Opioid Overdoses

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By Dr. Nora Volkow One of the biggest risk factors for overdose death from opioids is having had a previous overdose. Common sense and a growing body of research suggest that patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) who receive acute care in an emergency department will be at reduced risk for later overdose if they are initiated on medications to tr...
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AUG
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Overdose Awareness Day, 2019

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist Every year on August 31 st we recognize International Overdose Awareness Day and aim to raise awareness of overdoses while reducing the stigma related to drug-related deaths. It is a day to acknowledge and empathize with the grief felt by families and friends who's loved ones have died or had a permanent injur...
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AUG
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What Is Sober September? Here’s Where The Month-Long Alcohol Reset Comes From

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If you're sober-curious, or just want to spend a little time hangover-free, you may well have heard of Sober September. Like Dry January, it's a period in the year when people try to go alcohol-free for a month. Unlike Dry January, however, its origins are a little more mysterious. While history tells us that abstaining from alcohol in the post-hol...
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A New Device to Help Detect DUIs

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia , Preventionsit I There are a lot of challenges for law enforcement officers to be able to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Unlike a breathalyzer, used to determine a driver's blood alcohol content (BAC), it is much more complex to detect marijuana in a driver's blood stream. Testing THC impairment,...
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AUG
06
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Pathways Summer Camp 2019: Final Two Weeks!

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Karolyn Estevez, Youth Development Specialist As summer 2019 comes to a close, we note that this year's camp has been filled with much joy and enthusiasm by both our staff and our campers. Throughout the last two weeks of camp, our students dove deeper into learning healthy coping skills as well as competitive team building games. One of the main g...
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