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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Showcases the Power of Youth

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By Yashi Srivastava, Middlesex County Youth Ambassador Campaign for Tobacco-Free KidsThe use of tobacco in the U.S. is the No. 1 cause of preventable death. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is a non-profit organization that has dedicated more than 20 years to protecting children and saving lives from tobacco use, and is the leading ad...
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JUN
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Incorruptible Us Member Creates Powerful PSA for NJ Teens in Quarantine

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By: Wellspring Staff The last several months have been difficult on all of us, especially students who have been isolated from their friends during the COVID-19 quarantine. This extended isolation has taken a toll on our youth's mental health, and many teens are unsure of where to turn during these trying times. In honor of National Mental Health M...
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MAY
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'Don’t Get Vaped In' Creative Expression Contest

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist For the past nine years, the Coalition for Healthy Communities, an initiative of the Wellspring Center for Prevention, has hosted a creative expression contest for middle school students. In the past, the contest focused on the misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medicines by adolescents. This year...
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MAY
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National Prevention Week 2020

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director National Prevention Week (NPW) is held each year during May. Originally, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) chose this timing because it is near the start of summer, an important time for school, communities, and prevention professionals to focus on prevention. Adolescents and ful...
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MAR
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Drug and Alcohol Facts Week -- Monday March 30- Sunday April 5

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By: Mara Carlin, Coordinator of Coalition and Community Programs This week marks the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) 10th annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. For 10 years NIDA has been connecting students and teens with scientists to launch community wide educational events so that teens can learn the science surrounding drugs...
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MAR
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#What’s Your Hashtag?# - 2020 Young Women’s Conference

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By: Mara Carlin, Coordinator of Coalition and Community Programs On March 6, 2020, The Coalition for Healthy Communities and Wellspring Center for Prevention held the 16th annual Young Women's Conference, My Journey, My Voice: Empowering Young Women, at Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ. A total of 140 10th graders from 12 High Schools in Midd...
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JAN
09
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The Power of Youth Advocacy

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 By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist On January 8, 2020, the Coalition for Healthy Communities held their first meeting of 2020.  The spotlight was on Nora and Yashi, both juniors at South Brunswick High School and the state youth advisory board members of Incorruptible Us, New Jersey's statewide youth anti-vaping campaign. The girls opene...
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OCT
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North Brunswick Township High School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week 2019

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia, Preventionist Red Ribbon Week is one of America's oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaigns. The 2019 National Red Ribbon Week theme is: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free. ™ "The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are se...
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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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It’s Time Parents Knew What Vaping Is

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As I sit here and write this column, I am sure some of the information below will have changed or updated. That is the nature of the topic I am about to cover. So if something happened over the past week, sorry about that but I am glad you are keeping updated. Anyway, allow me to start with a little bit of a backgrounder. Vaping has been around for...
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