MAY
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Reduce the Demand!

On November 1, classes officially began at the Raymond J. Lesniak Recovery High School in Union County. Located on the grounds of Kean University, it's the first of its kind in the state. Its mission is to provide a high-quality educational, enrichment and recovery support program that offers a safe, sober and supportive school environment where students and their recovery efforts are understood, valued and fostered. Studies indicate that up to 85 percent of students with addiction problems relapse upon returning to their former high schools after treatment. Recovery schools, specifically designed with the goal of creating an empowering and sober environment for youth, are one way to address this problem. The school is named after the state senator who spearheaded the project after he was robbed four years ago by a pair of young men with substance abuse problems. Senator Lesniak has sponsored legislation to start other schools in the...
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AUG
30
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Marijuana – Medicine by Legislation

It is important to give students a voice and to enable them to make a difference in their environment. One organization that has been doing this for years is Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). SADD is a peer-to-peer youth prevention group that has chapters established in thousands of middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country. The organization originally started as Students Against Drunk Driving in 1981, but in 1997 students petitioned to expand the topics they address and because of this, the organization changed its name to be more inclusive of issues important to youth. Their mission as stated on their website is "To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving and other destructive decisions." According to their website, SADD, recognizes that young people are powerful and have the ability to make smart...
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JUN
30
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Balance Is Everything: Thoughts on Our Collective Approach to Opioid Addiction.

Children suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to develop substance use disorders as they get older, a new analysis finds. However, that does not mean that the medications that are prescribed to treat the most common childhood disorder in the United States play a part in that increased risk. In fact, "one of the main points [of the finding] is that treating ADHD both with behavioral techniques and medications seems to lower the risk of substance abuse," said analysis co-author Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the adolescent substance abuse program at Boston Children's Hospital. Although stimulants used to treat ADHD can be addictive, there is no evidence that using them increases the risk of substance abuse, Levy said. These medications include amphetamines, such as Adderall or Dexedrine, and methylphenidates, like Concerta, Metadate CD or Ritalin. Levy did caution that these stimulant medications can sometimes be misused...
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