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How Prevalent Is Bullying?

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Written by Jenny Silverstone Bullying can happen in different places, it could be at school, whether in class, in the hallways, or at the playground. Maybe your child attends an after-school club, plays a sport, or goes to the mall. Bullies generally operate in areas where youths congregate and there is minimal adult supervision. With technology , even the home is no longer a safe haven. Your child could be the victim of cyber-bullying via online devices or cell phones. In the U.S., between 20 and 28 percent of children in grades 6-12 will experience bullying. Less than half the children in America, about 40 percent, that are bullied will report it to an adult ( source ). In surveys, approximately 30 percent of children admit to having bullied others. These percentages increase when it comes to bullies being observed in the act. Just over 70 percent of children and school...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 20, 2017

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College students keep dying because of fraternity hazing. Why is it so hard to stop? Tim Piazza spent the early-morning hours of Feb. 3 curled up in pain, clutching his head and trying to stand. A Beta Theta Pi pledge at Penn State University, he had been forced to drink a toxic amount of alcohol in an alleged hazing ritual known as “the gauntlet,” according to a grand jury report. Learn More   Older adults are drinking more alcohol Heavy alcohol drinking, abuse, or dependence among older adults is rising at unprecedented rates, suggests a study published online Aug. 9, 2017, by JAMA Psychiatry. Learn More Most Consumers Unware of Dangers in Mixing Alcohol and Common Drugs Patient advocate group NCPIE wants to remind patients and doctors about drug interactions. Learn More   New insights into marijuana's effect on the developing brain As the medicinal potential of marijuana continues to be...
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Do You Know How to Recognize & Respond to Bullying

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Based on recent reports, confirmed incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying dropped to 5,995 in 2015-16, down from 6,214 in 2014-15, continuing a decline that's happened every year since New Jersey implemented a strict new anti-bullying law in 2011. This is attributable to an increase in training for schools and bullying preventing programs for students. While bullying cases declined, violence in schools reached its highest point in the past five years, with 8,261 incidents in 2015-16, up from 7,262 in 2014-15. Opposed to the majority of bullying cases, which are verbal, violent incidents include fights, assaults, sexual offenses, robbery and threats. I am pointing these facts out to you because bullying touches the lives of at least one out of every four children in the U.S - this year alone. That means that approximately 13 million youth from preschool to high school will experience bullying. What is more disturbing -- many...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 22, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 22, 2019
By Anna Pepe October 21, 2015 was Unity Day which focuses on bringing schools and communities together to unite against bullying and join together for acceptance and inclusion. According to findings from the GLSEN 2013 National School Climate Survey most LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students have been victimized in school and have heard anti-LGBT remarks on a regular basis. This all ties in with PATHWAYS newest  club, the Gender & Sexuality Alliance, commonly referred to as the GSA. The GSA is focused on providing a safe space for students to discuss gender and sexuality issues and work to end homophobia and transphobia. GSA students band together to host a Unity Day event for the students of Carteret High School. A very talented sophomore created a beautiful  canvas and painted rainbow which was then surrounded by Ally Pledges in the shape of clouds. Over 300 students signed pledges agreeing to...
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Wellspring Holds Kick Butts Day at South Brunswick & Dunellen High Schools

Wellspring Holds Kick Butts Day at South Brunswick & Dunellen High Schools
By Ezra Helfand, Executive Director Have you ever seen the movie A Christmas Story? If so, you probably remember the famous scene where Ralphie and his friends triple-dog dare their buddy, Flick, to stick his tongue to a flagpole. I am sure many of you recall your youth when most of us witnessed or actively took part in some type of dare or challenge that involved unwise behavior. Similar types of double-dog-dares, referred to as “challenges,” still exist for our children today, however, the audience, the peer pressure and the danger element has increased beyond compare. In the past, dares were likely to take place on school grounds, public parks or in someone’s basement - in front of a handful of peers, at best. Today, challenges are recorded on smart phones and uploaded onto the internet for a teen’s entire peer network, and then some, to see. While some internet challenges are silly and harmless, many more...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 29, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 29, 2019
On Saturday, June 6 th , over 200 people gathered in the back of Carteret High School to “take a step in the right direction” and unite against bullying.  Pathways School Based Youth Services Program hosted its 3 rd annual Bullying Prevention Walkathon in Carteret.  The students of the high school and the community of Carteret came out to support this worthy cause.  After the welcome by Program Director Lauren Balkan and acknowledgments by high school senior, Jason Miles, Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman spoke to the audience, declaring June 6, 2015 “Anti Bullying Awareness Day” as a symbol of Carteret’s commitment to the year round struggle against bullying.  In addition to the mayor, Alissa Radford, a student at Carteret High School gave a moving spoken word piece that powerfully demonstrated the strength of hurtful words. Melissa Hopely of Minding Your Mind was the guest speaker of the day. She is a...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019
This week, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) was in the Carteret High School cafeteria creating a chain to unite the students against bullying.   Each link on the chain was created by a student.  On one side they wrote something which makes them unique and on the other, they wrote what they do or can do to prevent bullying.  SADD students engaged their peers in this process and created a dialogue at each table they went to about the effects of bullying on individuals and the school environment.   There are approximately 250 links in the chain which was created in one day during lunch periods.  The links have statements like "I will stop bullying when I see it", "Don't be a bystander", "I will support those who are getting bullied", "I will be there to listen to anyone who needs to talk" and "We need to stand together".  The chain...
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NCADD's Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update - Week ending December 12, 2014

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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending November 7, 2014

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 respond to it and stating “DELETE ME” in the subject line. A Family’s Truth about Marijuana Depends on the Family What is the truth about marijuana? As long as I’ve been an adult I’ve known people who smoke marijuana, and they certainly don’t fit the stereotype of skater dude or hippie holdover. Please click here to read more. FDA Hearing Yields Little Consensus on Abuse-Deterrent Opioids After 2 days of public hearings addressing ways to make it more...
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Weekly ATOD Recap & Advocacy for week-ending May 29, 2014

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