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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 17, 2021

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As Overdose Deaths Soar, White House Announces Harm Reduction Program With opioid-driven drug overdoses reaching record levels, the White House is turning away from punishment and toward treatment Rep. Norcross Announces Bill to Increase Access to and Modernize Opioid Use Disorder Treatment U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ-01) announced the i...

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Carteret High School PAL Students Volunteer Their Time in Meaningful Ways

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By Crystal Mutilitis, ClinicianPathways' community service and leadership club, known as PALS, has been busy with meaningful volunteer projects since the start of this school year. Students have been busy over the past month dedicating their time to volunteer and to develop their leadership skills. In November, students focused on helping...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 10, 2021

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New York City allows the nation's 1st supervised consumption sites for illegal drugs Officials in New York City say the first government-approved supervised drug injection sites in the nation began offering services to people with addiction. The program is part of the city's "harm reduction" strategy designed to reduce an unprecedented surge of ove...

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DEC
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There is Recovery after Addiction

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At Wellspring Center for Prevention we aim to serve as a resource to individuals, families, and organizations that have been impacted by substance abuse. Through our phone help line and online self-help tool, our Preventionists can help you or your loved ones find an appropriate addiction recovery program, and gain the necessary knowledge and tools...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 3, 2021

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Over 100,000 Americans Died From Drug Overdoses in One Year: Report New government data confirms what many have suspected: The pandemic has prompted a record number of drug overdose deaths, with more than 100,000 Americans succumbing to addiction as COVID-19 raged across the country. Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus Marijuana use in pregnanc...

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Discussing Drugs And Alcohol With Your Kids

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Alcohol and drug use is often a complicated subject to approach with your children. Many parents question the best method for teaching their kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but having a healthy talk at home is usually the best way to broach the topic.  Keep in mind that your children are attending sporting events, going to parties, participating in school dances, and more likely than not, the topic of drug or alcohol use is likely to come up among their peers. This is why keeping the communications channels open with your children is paramount. The goal of any conversation about drugs and alcohol is that your kids will learn what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for them. Hopefully, any situations they encounter will open the door to a wider conversation. How to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol Here are some tips for discussing...

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The Benefits of Positive Affirmations

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By: Kimberly Hill, MSW, LCSW Most people, at one time or another, have struggled with negative thoughts about themselves or the world around them. While there are a number of ways to deal with such thoughts, one of the easiest and most effective methods to do so is by using positive affirmations. There are many different affirmations that you ...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 19, 2021

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AHA News: Cannabis Use Disorder May Be Linked to Growing Number of Heart Attacks in Younger Adults At a time of increasing legalization of marijuana, a growing number of people under 50 diagnosed with cannabis use disorder were later hospitalized for a heart attack, new research has found. Congress mandates new car technology to stop drunken drivin...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 12, 2021

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Need for liver transplants due to heavy drinking soared during the pandemic, study finds They found the number of people who got a liver transplant or were put on a waiting list due to alcoholic hepatitis was 50% higher than what was forecast based on pre-pandemic trends. Improving Behavioral Health Services in the Time of COVID-19 and Racial Inequ...

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Social Media is a Mental Health Issue for Youth

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Social media is in the eye of a national discussion. Congress is holding hearings. The heads of primary social media outlets are in the news daily, for good and for bad. And the word Algorithms has joined the daily vocabulary of many. It is about time. You may not know this, but research has shown that there is an undeniable link between social med...

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