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Welcome to Prom & Graduation Season

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What is it about this time of year that makes rational parents seemingly lose their grip on reality? Think about it.Parents who would never consider putting their 17 year-olds on a plane for Daytona Beach during Spring Break proudly wish them well when they head for an unsupervised weekend at the Jersey shore.Somehow, the dangerous drinking and cas...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 28, 2021

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HHS Announces $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health CrisisThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block g...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 21, 2021

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As the Covid-19 crisis ebbs in the U.S., experts brace for some to experience psychological falloutThe end of the emergency phase of the pandemic is in sight in the United States, at least for now. But as the weight of the crisis is lifted, experts are also anticipating a long-term impact on people's mental health. The pandemic brought addiction re...

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NJ Marijuana Legalization: 5 Tips to Talk to Your Kids

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With NJ legalizing recreational marijuana this past state election, many parents are concerned about their children's increased exposure to it. Openness and honesty are crucial to having a successful conversation about marijuana legalization with your children so that they make responsible choices. Here are five tips to effectively talk to your kid...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 14, 2021

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Many Older Americans Aren't Telling Their Doctors They Use PotAging potheads are now past 50 and still puffing away, but new research shows that many don't disclose this to their doctors. Folks who use marijuana for medical reasons are more likely to tell their doctors about it than recreational users. Still, just a fraction of medical marijuana us...

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What Is NJDOE’s ‘Keeping Our Kids Safe, Healthy & In School’ Program?

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In the interest of the positive development of K-12 students, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) program, "Keeping Our Kids Safe, Healthy & In School," provides resources for the engagement and wellbeing of students, staff, and community partners. Materials range from checklists and statute descriptions to professional development m...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 7, 2021

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Medical records analysis links cannabis use disorder in pregnancy to infant health problemsA new study of nearly 5 million live births recorded in California from 2001 to 2012 found that babies born to mothers diagnosed with cannabis use disorders at delivery were more likely to experience negative health outcomes, including preterm birth and low b...

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Insight into Teens’ Attitudes toward Addictive Substances

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For almost 30 years, several national surveys of teens have been undertaken. The hope always was that ultimate goal is to help parents better understand the experiences, attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors of their adolescent children in relation to nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs. The findings explored in the report clearly demonstrate that p...

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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 30, 2021

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Addiction Should Be Treated, Not PenalizedThe COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the large racial health disparities in the United States. Black Americans have experienced worse outcomes during the pandemic, continue to die at a greater rate than White Americans, and also suffer disproportionately from a wide range of other acute and chronic illness...

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Pathways Alumnus CONY Shares His Mental Health Journey and His Music at Live NBPAC Performance

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Byline: Lauren Balkan, LCSW, Director of the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program In celebration of National Poetry Month, the recently reopened New Brunswick Performing Arts Center held a free hybrid music event and mental health discussion on April 15, 2021 featuring young local artists. Headlining the event was hip-hop "artist on the ris...

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