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National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month. It is observed annually to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse. One of the goals is to educate parents and youth about the potential dangers associated with prescription and OTC medicine abuse. About one in 25 yo...
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OCT
05
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A Complete Guide to CADC Certifications

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If you've always wanted to help others, consider the growing field of addiction services. Addiction treatment and prevention agencies across New Jersey employ thousands of dedicated individuals working hard to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. And more are needed. So if you are trying to obtain a Certified Alcohol and Drug (C...
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SEP
07
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5 Studying Tips to Help You Prepare for the Prevention Specialists Certification Exam

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Are you interested in becoming a certified prevention specialist? It's an admirable line of work where you can make a huge impact on youth and the local community, but passing the certification exam isn't easy. Here are five study tips to help you prepare for the certification exam.   1. Space out your study sessions While you may retain some ...
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JUL
22
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How Teachers Can Implement a Prevention Education Program

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Prevention education is important for children of all ages in developing healthy coping mechanisms and resisting toxic peer pressure. That's why many schools offer prevention education programs as part of their curriculum. But having a program in place isn't always enough — especially if that child is going home to an unhealthy household or one tha...
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JUN
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How the COVID-19 Crisis Impacted Substance Use

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It's no shock that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted many people's mental health, but this is especially true for those who were already suffering from a mental illness like a substance use disorder (SUD). Here's how the global health crisis has impacted substance use. Pandemic anxiety and isolation has caused many to turn to substances...
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MAY
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5 Children’s Mental Health Concerns in the Era of Remote Education

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One of the largest pandemic adjustments — for children and their parents or guardians — has been remote learning. Teachers and students grappled with technology resources, and families had to figure out how to make home spaces school spaces. The transition wasn't without impact. Changes in the social experience of school brought special attention t...
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MAY
04
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The State of the Opioid Epidemic in 2021

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The rate of opioid usage, and subsequent opioid addiction, in the United States is at a record high. The adverse effects of these opioids, including prescribed painkillers, fentanyl, and heroin, is causing socio-economic turmoil and a public health crisis. These effects have only gotten worse with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Here's an inside loo...
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APR
28
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Recognizing Sexual Violence and its Link to Substance Use and Abuse

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 April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and today, April 28th, is Denim Day, an annual, international campaign when denim is worn to show support for survivors and challenge myths surrounding sexual violence. (Learn more about the history of the campaign and why denim here.) Sexual violence, an issue often shrouded in secrecy, occurs at an al...
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5 Things Parents Can Do to Support Their Child's Mental Health

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Children often look to their parents for guidance, validation, and reassurance. As a parent, it's important to support your children throughout any mental health struggles, as your encouragement shapes the way they see themselves. Additionally, your child's mental health can play important factors in the state of their physical and emotional health...
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APR
05
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Talking to Kids About Marijuana Legalization in New Jersey

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By Nicki Francis, Coordinator of Program and Professional Development In November 2020, New Jersey residents voted to make recreational marijuana use legal. Many people are struggling with exactly what that means. Parents are wondering, "What do I need to know?", "How do I talk to my kids about the new law?" and "What things do I need to know to ma...
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