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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019

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Senators' scathing letter to Juul demands answers about tactics targeting youth, ties to Big Tobacco Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs is under the microscope again, with 11 senators demanding answers from the company at the center of the youth vaping "epidemic" whose business practices have been shrouded in "immense secrecy," the senators said in a letter to Juul on Monday. Learn More   Anti-vaping advocates push to raise minimum age for nicotine "The addicted mind justifies some crazy things," said Matt Murphy. The 19-year-old got hooked on nicotine in high school, and what began as experimentation with vaping turned into an addiction. Learn More   Bipartisan Bill Would Give States Control Over Marijuana Laws The measure would effectively grant states total control over marijuana legalization. Learn More   How Do Illegal Drugs Cross The U.S.-Mexico Border? NPR's Michel Martin talks to Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection,...
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FEB
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Playing Jeopardy with Middlesex County Older Adults

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia Wellspring Center for Prevention offers a wide variety of programs and services appropriate for individuals across the lifespan. One of our unique programs, Senior Jeopardy, is a big hit among older adults throughout Middlesex County. This program serves as an interactive and competitively educational game, just like the show! We offer a variety of topics including; Conflict Resolution, Substance Use and Abuse By Older Adults, Nutrition and Healthy Aging, Safe Prescription and OTC Drug Use, Maintaining a Healthy Mind, Healthy Coping, and Taking Control of Your Health. Recently, Wellspring Center for Prevention Preventionists Gina Miraglia and Melisa Damcevska joined the Old Bridge Senior Center and Old Bridge High School seniors for a fun Conflict Resolution Jeopardy game. The ‘Intergenerational Senior Jeopardy’ games take place a few times a year. During these games, we divided the players into two teams of mixed intergenerational seniors then, the teams compete against...
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AUG
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Becoming Wiser with Piscataway Seniors

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia This summer, the Piscataway Senior Center hosted the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education program (WISE). It was delivered by Wellspring Center for Prevention’s Preventionists Helen Varvi and Gina-Marie Miraglia. The WISE program met once a week for six weeks and is designed to celebrate healthy aging, healthy lifestyle choices, and avoiding substance abuse through drug education. Our group of friends really valued their time together. Each lessons covered important and relevant information such as: understanding changes with aging, valuing cultural diversity, safe medication use, and how to enhance one’s quality of life. Within our lessons the senior adults made posters, role played, and participated in fun games; making the WISE program well-received and an enjoyable way to spend a part of the day. Even though our lessons were educational, we all bonded with one another through sharing personal experiences, smiles, and laughter. This is a group of friends...
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JAN
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Prescription Drugs and Older Adults

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Although people 65 years of age and older comprise only 13% of the population, they account for almost 30% of all medications prescribed in the United States. As a result, older adults are at significant risk for prescription drug abuse and addiction. In addition to prescription medications, many older adults also use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements, including sharing them with friends. Due to increased rate of illness, changes in the body’s capacity to process medications, and the potential for drug interactions, older adults are more likely to experience. Why senior substance abuse is misdiagnosed Because of insufficient knowledge, limited research data, and hurried office visits, health care providers often overlook alcohol and drug misuse and abuse among older adults. Diagnosis may be difficult because symptoms of alcoholism and drug dependency in older individuals sometimes mimic symptoms of other medical and behavioral disorders common among this population, such as diabetes,...
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JAN
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You’re Never Too Old - Keep Active as You Age

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We’ve all heard that exercise is good for you. Did you know that it’s as true for older people as it is for any age group? You’re never too old to get moving, get stronger, and improve your health. Fitting exercise and physical activity into your day can enhance your life in so many ways. Regular physical activity can improve your balance and boost or maintain your strength and fitness. It may also improve your mood and help you manage or lessen the impact of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression. Despite these proven benefits, exercise and physical activity rates among older people are surprisingly low. Only about 30% of people ages 45 to 64 say they engage in regular leisure-time physical activity. This falls to 15% of those between the ages of 65 and 74 and 5% of people age 85 and older. Experts recommend four types of...
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NOV
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1st Annual “Prevention Works for Older Adults” Program on Dec. 6th

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Wellspring Center for Prevention Presents 1st Annual “Prevention Works for Older Adults” Program Topic: Alternative Strategies That Work! December 6, 2017 12 Noon - 3:00PM Lunch & Info Tables 12 Noon - 1PM At the Middlesex County Fire Academy 1001 Fire Academy Dr, Sayreville, NJ 08872 Topics to be covered: Health Alternatives as a Coping Strategy The Power of intergenerational Programs Healing Power of Laughter Yoga Roads to Recovery NOTE: Space is limited. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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JUL
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The Unexpected Are Still Affected

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By Jackie Kimelman, Wellspring intern Addiction is an equal opportunity disease that can impact people from all different facets of life. Age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, and et cetera do not act as barriers to addiction or rule anyone out from the potential development of this disease. There is no such thing as a specific population that exists and is immune to addiction. Often, when it comes to the opioid addiction epidemic, a lot of the focus is placed on younger populations. Parents worry for their children, companies and organizations tend to focus prevention methods for younger populations, people assume adolescents abuse drugs more than other age groups because of various factors such as social media, pop culture, their age and environments, and et cetera. The National Institute of Drug Abuse even announced that prescription drug abuse affects young adults the most (NIDA 2016). What about the elderly population though? Despite...
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