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Using Telehealth to Combat Substance Abuse

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Written by: Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring InternIt is no secret that the United States is facing a major drug epidemic. Substance abuse has become a public health crisis that demands urgent priority and innovative solutions.But with the advent of the Internet and smartphones, researchers have found new ways to connect with patients.Telehealth is a promising tool for treating and supporting individuals with substance use disorders. Telehealth uses technology to provide access to services and makes it possible for patients to receive screenings and counseling without traveling to a provider's office.Telehealth is not limited to a single form of technology. Platforms include computerized screening and assessment tools, telephone-based services, smartphone applications, video-conferencing, and secure recovery support chats.There are many reasons to pursue treatment through telehealth, and often they’re related to overcoming barriers to care. These might include the stigma associated with seeking help, lack of access to providers in remote areas, the inability...
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Substance Abuse in Seniors: The Harrowing Truth

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Article contributed by Sally PerkinsPhoto by Alexandre Debiève on UnsplashAlthough individuals 65 years and older only comprise 13% of the total population, they account for almost 30% of all medications prescribed in the United States.As a result, seniors are at a momentous risk for prescription drug abuse and addiction. Add to these already-disturbing statistics, the increase of alcohol abuse amongst seniors and we are left with a very vexing problem requiring immediate intervention.The State of New Jersey takes substance abuse very seriously and have a host of preventative and corrective measures in place in an attempt to minimize the impact of the abuse.When seniors fall victim to substance abuse, the ensuing consequences are often grave. Prescription drugs and alcohol have more debilitating effects on individuals older than 65 due to fact that they have a decreased ability to metabolize the substances and are also more sensitive to them. Substance abuse often...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 19

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 19
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. content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring 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 email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed.Lawmakers try to outdo each other on heroin epidemicIs the heroin epidemic becoming a political football? It started to look that way in...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 12

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 12
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. content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring 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 email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed.Insurers Hire Social Workers To Tackle The Opioid EpidemicFor many people struggling with opioid use, a key to success in recovery is having...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 29

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 29
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. content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring 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 email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed.The impact of alcohol on the NHS: 'we get the drunks in 24/7'Healthcare professionals share their experiences of funding constraints, violent behaviour and...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 22

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 22
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. content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring 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 email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed.Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young WhitesDrug overdoses are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 15

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 15
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. content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring 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 email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed.The surprising Internet forum some alcoholics are choosing over AANearly five million Americans woke up on New Year’s Day with champagne headaches and...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 8

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 8
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. content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. 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 Wellspring 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 email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed.Illustrating the connection among addiction, psychiatric illness and traumaAddiction commonly co-occurs with psychiatric disorders and trauma, and integrated treatment is considered a standard...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 13

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 13
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. 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.How Does Alcohol Influence Mental Health?The guidelines for safe or "low-risk" alcohol consumption have been greatly discussed and debated in...
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9th Annual “Be Smart About Medicine” Contest Winners Announced

9th Annual “Be Smart About Medicine”  Contest Winners Announced
By Jennifer Kurdyla, Health Educator, Middlesex County Office of Health Services, Middlesex County Center for EmpowermentSexual violence, an issue often shrouded in secrecy, occurs at an alarming rate. This type of violence is frequently linked to substance use and abuse, so it is necessary to examine the connection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexual violence is any sexual act committed against someone without consent. It includes sexual assault (commonly referred to as rape), criminal sexual contact (unwanted touching), and sexual harassment. Essentially, a sexual assault takes place at least once every 2 minutes in the United States. According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men experience rape at some point in their lives and about 1 in 20 men and women experience some other form of sexual violence. Among those who experience sexual violence, it is estimated that about 1...
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