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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 7, 2018

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We’re failing in the opioid crisis. A new study shows a more serious approach would save lives. The study suggests a comprehensive approach is needed — one that goes way further than what America has done so far. Learn More   How the opioid crackdown is backfiring Hundreds of chronic pain patients responding to a POLITICO survey describe being refused opioid prescriptions they had relied on for years with sometimes devastating consequences. Learn More   Gaps in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Referral Process: Provider Perceptions The demand for substance use disorder treatment is increasing, fueled by the opioid epidemic and the Affordable Care Act mandate to treat substance use disorders. Learn More   For parents of teenagers in addiction, treatment is expensive, daunting — and increasingly hard to find Learning that their child is struggling with a substance-use disorder is any parent's nightmare. But, especially if the child is still...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 16

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 16
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring 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 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. Politics Are Tricky but Science Is Clear: Needle Exchanges Work For decades, public health experts have known that syringe exchange...
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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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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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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 5, 2019

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 5, 2019
After almost four years of participating in Pathways programs, three Carteret High School seniors had a unique opportunity to share some of their experiences and knowledge with other teens throughout New Jersey. Samantha Mahoney, Samaria Walker-Raeford and Andrea Rivas presented a workshop at the annual Planned Parenthood Conference at Brookdale College. The workshop, entitled "Reflections: Loving the Real You" , encouraged teens to compare themselves to icebergs given that such a small percentage is visible above water, while the majority of our true selves remains masked below the surface. The CHS students invited other teens to explore what's below their surface which sparked group conversations as teens identified similarities with one another. At the end of the workshop all participants received a positive affirmation card as a reminder that every individual is unique and special. Each year, Pathways brings students from Carteret High School to the annual Planned Parenthood teen conference. ...
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DEC
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Addiction Medicine Subspecialty Certification Examination to be Administered in 2017

It is obvious to anyone who has a teenager or works with teenagers that they are impulsive.  However; it is important to fully understand why, so that we do not assume mal-intent or delinquency.    Teens are actually less able to control impulses or make rapid, smart decisions.  While they may look very much like adults, their brains are not fully developed yet.  The frontal lobe of a teenager is completely built, but it is not totally insulated which results in sending slower signals.  Teenagers are less able to access their frontal lobe because of this.  The frontal lobe is the area of the brain that is responsible for decision making; the area of the brain that tells us not to do something that might have negative consequences.   Dr. Frances Jensen is a neuroscientist who has researched and written on the teenage brain.  She describes the reasons for the lack of impulse...
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