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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 ProgramsOn 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 Middl...
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JAN
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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 opened...
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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, PreventionistRed 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 sen...
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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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AUG
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It’s hard being a girl

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By Jenna Bonstein, PreventionistBeing a young girl or woman can be hard for so many different reasons. Social pressure from peers to think and act a certain way, as well as the impact social media has on today's youth, just make things harder. Adolescence is a time for young girls to form their own identity. But has become increasingly more challen...
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MAY
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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 celebr...
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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 expired, unused, and unwanted...
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JAN
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Underage Drinking: On the Decline?

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Written by Samantha Dolci, Wellspring Intern2018 has set a new record low for underage drinking in the United States.According to the 2018 Monitoring the future survey (MTF), underage drinking among American youth continued to decline from previous years to the lowest levels recorded among 8th, 10th, 12th graders since the 1990’s. Additionally, drinking among 12th graders in 2018 reached the lowest level in survey history, with a significant decrease in lifetime, past month, daily consumption and binge drinking.Underage drinking statistics play an important role in encouraging governments and communities to step up their efforts for prevention and treatment. It is often used as a form of baseline data to determine the most highly affected demographics and areas in need. Approximately one out of every 10 alcoholic drinks in the U.S.A is consumed illegally.Though the legal drinking age in the United States is 21, children as young as 12 years old have...
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JAN
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School Athletes and Opioids: A Risky Proposition

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By Elaine Chan, InternThe New Year can offer many, new, and exciting opportunities. However, the New Year can also pose arduous obstacles. One of the challenges that school administrators and communities may face is the opioid misuse prevalence among student–athletes as new sports season starts.Despite the positive benefits young athletes gain from participating in organized sports, such participation may actually put some adolescents at risk for substance use because of increased access to pain medications.Youths who participate in high-injury sports may be surrounded by peers who are more likely to have leftover prescription opioids, making it easier to receive diverted prescription opioids to ease injuries without having to acknowledge to parents and coaches that they need medical attention (e.g., hiding injuries from coaches to participate). Therefore, youths involved in organized sports may be at a higher risk to misuse opioid medications because of their increased risk for injury.Great ways to supplement...
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