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

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Mental health can impact memory decades later New research from the United Kingdom has found that people who experience recurrent episodes of depression throughout adulthood are more at risk of developing memory problems later in life. Learn More   Millennials Are Sick of Drinking But they’re not giving up booze just yet. Learn More   Opioid Overreaction There is a real crisis. But the solution is flawed. Learn More   ‘Safe’ teen drinking? Here’s why parents shouldn’t facilitate it. “Well, we did it when we were their age.” This common refrain, popular among parents with a permissive attitude toward underage drinking, is often coupled with well-intentioned efforts to keep adolescents safe while consuming alcohol. Learn More   Mental health on college campuses: 5 things you didn’t know More than a quarter of college students have considered suicide, with 11.3 percent considering it in the past year, according to a recent survey...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 13, 2018

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FDA Presses Internet Companies on Illegal Online Opioid Sales Federal regulators are dialing up pressure on big internet companies to do more to prevent online sales of opioids as industry leaders met with government officials at a summit meeting Wednesday. Learn More   New CDC Director Targets Opioids, Suicide and Pandemics In his first interview as the head of the CDC, Robert Redfield discusses the need to address rising substance abuse, global health threats and HIV/AIDS. Learn More   Rejected by A.A. How the 12 Step program and its decades-old philosophy are exacerbating the opioid crisis. Learn More   NJ Hospitals Explore Software to Reduce Addiction, Improve Care Computerized tracking tool summarizes patients’ histories, flagging suspect behaviors and speeding response time. Learn More   Commentary: The battle against opioid addiction will be won in communities, not in Washington The rising death toll from opioid addiction has galvanized a federal response and...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 22, 2018

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When We Talk About Suicide, We Need to Talk About Addiction No one can say definitively why Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. But I can tell you why I tried to kill myself. Twice. Learn More   These New Opioid PSAs Are Missing the Worst Part of Addiction Visceral new PSAs show the extreme lengths people will go to get high – but they leave out the desperate banality of the life of an addict. Learn More   The ‘cash for patients’ scandal sabotages addicts For the sake of their patients, addiction centres must be beyond reproach. These negative stories are a wake-up call for the sector. Learn More   “What ifs”: An underappreciated side effect of addiction Shortly after our son, William, died of an accidental heroin overdose at age 24, I stumbled upon this unflinching reflection of addiction as a family disease: “Addiction isn’t a spectator...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 15, 2017

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US seeks a fix for its opioid addiction States struggling to cope with the overdose epidemic are suing companies and distributors. Learn More   World first trial in Perth will test a cure for methamphetamine addiction A Perth doctor will lead a world first trial testing a cure for addiction to methamphetamine. Learn More The pursuit of pleasure is a modern-day addiction The easy availability of temptations, combined with constant stress, is taking its toll on a whole generation. Learn More   Generalized Anxiety Disorder Comorbidities To feel anxious at times is normal, and all people experience it now and then. However, showing extreme, unreasonable, and constant anxiousness and fear about things is a psychiatric illness, medically termed as an anxiety disorder. Learn More   Substance use more common in high school dropouts Youths who dropped out of school were significantly more likely to use cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, and binge...
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Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety

Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety
Jon Burgwin wants you to know that if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or any mental health issue, please ask for help: You deserve it. Burgwin, from Minding Your Mind, was recently invited to Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways program. Minding Your Mind works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, and to get the word out that mental health disorders are treatable and treatment is available. This is a message that is especially important to deliver in middle and high schools, since suicide is the second leading cause of death in people age 14 to 23, and the onset of most psychiatric disorders occurs in adolescence. One in four teens experiences some sort of mental health issue, yet less than 20% receive treatment. Burgwin shared that he struggled with anxiety for many years before receiving the help that eventually saved his life and...
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Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness

Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor As dozens of names, including Lady Gaga, Robin Williams, and Marilyn Monroe, scrolled down the screen, several hundred students over two days at Carteret Middle School and Carteret High School were challenged to guess what these people all had in common. Some guessed, “They’re all famous,” “They’re rich,” and Tricia Baker, founder of Attitudes in Reverse (AIR), nodded yes; they are all talented, productive members of society, and all have mental illness. In the past 6 years, AIR has educated more than 60,000 students in New Jersey, New York, Missouri, and Vermont about reversing the stigma surrounding mental illness. The presentation sparked questions and conversation in the classrooms, and the AIR therapy dogs, Mischa and Goober, were a calming and joyful influence. Tricia Baker’s visit to students at CMS and CHS were made possible by a grant through Middlesex County Freeholders...
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Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause

Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause
By: Kimberly Hill, MSW Intern and GSA Club Advisor Suicide is reported to be the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds in the country Everyday there is an average of 4800 suicide attempts by kids in grades 7-12 100 young lives are lost per week The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is considered one of the leading not-for-profit organizations focused on research, raising awareness and preventing suicide. Although society may stigmatize mental illness and suicidality, those who work together in order to advocate and support others can have a huge impact. In order to spread awareness of the prevalence and risk of suicide, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention hosts annual Out of the Darkness walks to shed light on this epidemic. On October 2, 2016, 27 PALS and SADD club members from Carteret High School joined parents, friends and family in solidarity to unite against suicide. The...
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Lunchtime Game Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Facts and Signs of Suicide

Lunchtime Game Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Facts and Signs of Suicide
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor In what proved to be one of SADD Club’s most successful events of the year, members roamed table to table in the Carteret High School cafeteria with bulging bags of toy prizes and candy, and managed to actively engage at least 500 peers in a quizzing game to educate students about mental health issues. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s a great opportunity to destigmatize mental health issues and bring awareness to signs of suicide risk. A recent CDC report has revealed alarming news about suicide rates: the US rate of suicide has risen to its highest level in three decades. While New Jersey had the lowest suicide rate of among all states for many years, the suicide rate rose by 13% in a recent 2-year period. NJ’s suicide rate rose fastest for girls aged 10 to 14-- tripling...
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