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Pathways Programs During Suicide Prevention Month

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September was National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall, and the second leading cause of death for children, teens and young adults ages 10-34. Rates of suicide have been on the rise for years. From 2000 to 2018, the rate has increased by 35%. The pandemic has also influenced an increase in suicide rates ...
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OCT
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Lack of Sleep. Not A Friend of Our Youth.

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There is one undeniable fact: When your body doesn't have enough hours to rest, you may feel tired or cranky, or you may be unable to think clearly. You might have a hard time following directions, or you might have an argument with a friend over something really stupid. A school assignment that's normally easy may feel impossible, or you may feel ...
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OCT
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending October 2, 2020

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The long-term pain of the mental health pandemicA less visible but still massive trauma caused by the coronavirus is becoming clear: our mental health is suffering with potentially long-lasting consequences. WHO develops new guidelines to prevent mental health conditions among adolescentsNew guidelines from WHO recommend a set of psychosocial inter...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 25, 2020

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Carfentanil and the Rise and Fall of Overdose Deaths in the United StatesIt is widely believed that the 2018 decline in overdose deaths in the United States was attributable to a range of public health interventions; however, this decline also coincided with the regulation and decline in use of potent fentanyl analogs, especially carfentanil. The a...
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September Is Healthy Aging Month

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Among other observations, September is also recognized as Healthy Aging Month. It is a national observance created by the Healthy Aging organization designed to bring attention to the importance of healthy lifestyles for all adults, not just senior citizens – whoever they are! The observance began over 25 y...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 18, 2020

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Teens Are Overdosing on Allergy Medication in New TikTok ChallengeMillions of people tackle the latest dance and fitness challenges on TikTok. But there's a new Benadryl challenge that doctors say is dangerous—and potentially fatal. Educating teens about substance abuse is still essential | Expert OpinionIf you are the parent of a teen, the teacher...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 11, 2020

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The Opioid Crisis, Already Serious, Has Intensified During Coronavirus PandemicWhen Covid-19 struck, the U.S. was already in the grip of an expanding drug-overdose crisis. It has only gotten worse since then. Rutgers-Led National Survey Uncovers Doctors' Misconceptions About Nicotine RisksResearchers say physicians need to understand accurate nicot...
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7 Tips for Effectively Communicating With Your Child

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist Ask any parent what usually happens when their child starts asking them questions and they will probably tell you that it leads to more questions. They want to know more, they want to understand and they want to hear it from you. I have a 10-year-old daughter who asks me more questions than I can keep track of....
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It’s Back to School. Here are Some Thoughts

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As a parent, I am sure many of you may feel overwhelmed right now about schools re-starting and your child attending classes. When you compound general anxiety parents feel nowadays and add anxiety today about the pandemic, about whether the schools will be ready to accept your child; will the teachers?No matter what, do not panic. Be optimistic ab...
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SEP
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The fight to save Pathways

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Over the past few days, we were alerted to the fact that the governor's new budget proposal featured a complete cut of the School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP.) While we understand that during these challenging times, we know that tough budgetary decisions need to be made. But we are asking our friends and partners and urge you to please hel...
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