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The Middlesex Superior Court’s County Drug Court Program Is 2019 Tree of Hope Recipient

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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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September is National Recovery Month (Recovery Month)

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National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) , sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. This ...
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5 Things Parents Need to Know About Back to School & Mental Health

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By Marjorie Morrison, CEO & President of Psych Hub It's that time of the year again that parents both love and dread. As we begin the back-to-school season, it's important to pay attention to your child's mental health just as much as their physical health. As a parent of three, I've seen firsthand how important it is to monitor your family's m...
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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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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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It’s hard being a girl

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By Jenna Bonstein, Preventionist Being 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 challe...
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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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Nutrition Tips For Recovering Substance Users

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Contributed by By Sally Perkins Although often overlooked, nutrition plays a key role in an addict's long term recovery process, according to Today's Dietitian. While teaching about the dangers of substance abuse , recovery specialists should also educate concerned individuals on the use of medical nutrition therapy in helping drug addicts. MNT for...
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The Opioid Epidemic Has a Prevention Problem

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By: Mallory Stufsky, Substance Abuse Navigator A recent article in the American Journal of Public Health (2019, 109 (2): 2:15 – 2:17) noted that with overdose deaths consistently increasing, more than 115 a day, the opioid crisis, both prescription and illicit, is now being called "one of the most urgent public health challenges of our time." State...
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