MAR
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Perth Amboy and Woodbridge E-Cigarette Presentations

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By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or “vapes” has skyrocketed in the past several years, particularly among adolescents who view the behavior as much safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. The perception held by many is that e-cigarettes cannot be harmful because they contain only water and flavoring, and products can be bought that are labeled “nicotine-free” and “organic”. This perception, along with marketing techniques of the c-cigarette industry, has some arguing that a new generation of smokers is on the rise. Big money tobacco companies have already invested in the up-and-coming e-cigarette companies, like Altria – the maker of Marlboro – investing $12.8 billion in Juul, an e-cigarette company whose net worth is valued at $38 billion and controls 75% of the e-cigarette market. (Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/20/altria-takes-stake-in-juul-a-pivotal-moment-for-the-e-cigarette-maker.html) With flavor options from mango to mint to chocolate to apple juice and cotton candy, to everything in between, the...
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NIDA Launches Two Adolescent Substance Use Screening Tools

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The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has launched two evidenced-based online screening tools that providers can use to assess substance use disorder risk among adolescents 12-17 years old. These tools can be self-administered or completed by clinicians in less than two minutes. They are being offered through the NIDAMED Web Portal . The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends universal screening in pediatric primary settings, and these tools help providers quickly and easily introduce brief, evidence-based screenings into their clinical practices. Providers can select the tool that best fits their practice. The screening options are: Brief Screener for Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs (BSTAD) Screening to Brief Invention (S2BI) - For more information on adolescent substance use screening tools, click here .
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 17, 2018

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 17, 2018
The hookah bar holds a certain allure.  They have become cool and common place in areas where young people congregate.   In fact, hookah use among young people in the United States has been increasing with the highest rates among university students, ranging from 22% to 40%.  Many people believe that hookah use is safe and positive attitudes seem to be prolific.  However, the facts are very clear and hookah use holds many of the same dangers as cigarette smoking.  These are the facts: The nicotine in hookahs is just as addictive as the nicotine in cigarettes and the water in the hookah pipe does not reduce the level of nicotine in the smoke. The charcoal used to heat the tobacco can raise health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals. 1,4 Even after it has passed through water, the smoke from a hookah has high levels...
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JAN
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About Cool Down Book Bags

About Cool Down Book Bags
September 7–September 13, 2015 was National Suicide Prevention Week: Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.  The week surrounded International Suicide Prevention Day, Wednesday, September 10 th . Suicide is the 13th leading cause of death overall in New Jersey.  It is the 3 rd leading cause of death for people ages 15-34 in our state and nationally it is the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults.  On average, one person dies by suicide every 12 hours in New Jersey.  It is estimated that in the US, an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.  An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one. The statistics are staggering but not surprising to the young people...
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MAR
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 8, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 8, 2019
On Saturday August 15th Pathways hosted a father/ father figure and child bowling event.  This event coincides with the NJ Department of Children and Families initiatives aimed at recognition of the importance of male role models and fathers in young people's lives.  Many of the high school age youth who came to bowl were part of the summer program that is run by the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program.  Over thirty people attended the event, and while there were many fathers in attendance, there were also several grandfathers, uncles, brothers and cousins.   When the youth and their father/father figure arrived at the bowling alley, they each took a turn in the photo booth we provided to create a momento of the day.  They were then able to bowl unlimited games and were treated to a catered dinner and dessert.  Not one person left before our reserved time elapsed. The...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 25

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 25
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to NCADD by a variety of sources. NCADD staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by NCADD of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply click the SAFE UNSUBSCRIBE button at the bottom of this email. 4 Words That Will Get Students to Stop Binge-Drinking We are in a typical college September, when...
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MAR
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 15, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 15, 2019
By Jelysa Hernandez, LSW, MSW Countless high school aged young women, regardless of ethnicity or upbringing, experience low self-esteem.    According to a study conducted among female high school aged students, 80 percent claimed that negative remarks from others contributed to their low self-esteem and poor body image (Statistics on Self Esteem).   On July 28 th & 30 th , PATHWAYS held a two day “Embody Love” workshop for 12-15 young women who regularly attend the Pathways’ summer program.     “Embody Love” promotes an awareness of positivity and empowerment while incorporating yoga and mindfulness.  On the first day of the workshop, facilitators engaged the group using magazines, videos and personal discussion.   They were shown how the media portrays females and how we are taught to judge ourselves and others based on specific physical standards.  The teenagers began to discuss healthy ways of caring for their mind, body and soul, as...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 25, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 25, 2019
By Ezra Helfand, Executive Director Last month I provided some ideas on what to do with your kids during the summer months. Well, we’re now into August. Most refer to them as the hazy, lazy days of summer. Yes, there is a whole lot of summer left. Yet as parents you know that summer camps will be winding down. Sales on “Back to School” supplies are everywhere (just ask my wife. She works for Staples. Could it be that summer is almost over? I’ll bet that if you spoke with your kids, they are actually (dare I say) starting to look forward to getting back to school to see their friends. That excitement they felt when they heard the final school bell so long ago is beginning to give way to boredom. Why am I telling you this? Because this is a dangerous time for youth. Because one of the top...
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MAR
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 22, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 22, 2019
Each summer Pathways provides a comprehensive recreational program to youth ages 13-18 years old.  This program runs for 20 hours per week, five weeks during the summer months. Programming includes daily team building and self esteem building group activities, sports, games, creative arts and a nutritious hot lunch.  In addition to the daily programming, there are weekly recreational and community services trips.  While all the clinical staff is employed during the summer, we compliment the them with three young adult counselors who are Carteret High School graduates.  These young adults plan and run activities, but they also serve as role models, mentors and inspiration.  We know that if these youth were not participants in the summer program, they would be on the streets. Instead, they return to our program again and again.  This summer we have 45 youth enrolled in camp which began on July 13th.  We are just about to...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 15, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 15, 2019
Content provided by the Drug Free Action Alliance Marijuana has become a regular subject on the nightly news, along with heated debates between those for legalization of the drug and those against it. It seems everyone is talking about marijuana, including our children. Depending on what state you’re in, the laws surrounding “weed” will vary, as well as attitudes and perceived risk of using the drug. Regardless of where your state stands on weed, where do you stand on weed? Do your children know where you stand? Are you even sure where you stand? If you’re unsure on the subject, more than likely, your children are too, which can open the door to adolescent experimentation. In the U.S., as state laws surrounding marijuana began to loosen, attitudes began to soften. And as perceived risk of marijuana began to decrease, use of the drug increased. While this is unfortunate news, there is...
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