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The Impact of Social Isolation on Seniors’ Health

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By Helen Varvi, Deputy Director Despite the significant portion of the older adult population that is affected, social isolation and loneliness are serious public health risks that are not taken seriously, especially during COVID-19. Even before the pandemic began, a 2020 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medi...
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Pathways Summer Program Goes Virtual!

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW Clinician When the world turned upside down, one of the things that threw us for a loop at Pathways School Based Youth Services Program was the gradual realization that we would not be able to hold our usual active summer program at Carteret High School, complete with field trips, basketball and volleyball, silly contests, ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 14, 2020

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Vaping linked with much higher risk of getting COVID-19Teen and young adult vapers were up to 7 times more likely to get COVID-19, compared with non-vapers, the study found. Using Telemedicine to Treat Opioid AddictionGetting medication long meant seeing a licensed provider. Now a strategy for evading Covid-19 makes treatment available via the web....
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Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Showcases the Power of Youth

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By Yashi Srivastava, Middlesex County Youth Ambassador Campaign for Tobacco-Free KidsThe use of tobacco in the U.S. is the No. 1 cause of preventable death. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is a non-profit organization that has dedicated more than 20 years to protecting children and saving lives from tobacco use, and is the leading ad...
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During the Pandemic, Remember that Older Adults Have Substance Use Issues too!

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There are over 47 million people in the United States who are 65 years or older. What's alarming is that substance abuse among those 60 years and older (including those who misuse prescription drugs) currently affects about 17 percent of this population – that's a whopping eight million people. As a baby boomer myself, and the fact that I work for ...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 7, 2020

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Head back to school with '4 Be's' for mental healthThe COVID-19 pandemic has caused much stress and uncertainty for students, parents, teachers and staff. "For students and the adults who care for them, the desire is so strong to have our lives return to normal, which also involves schooling," says Craig Sawchuk, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic psychologist. ...
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‘988’ Designated as National Suicide Prevention Hotline

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The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors.  The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16,...
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Self-Care for Parents During COVID-19

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By Laurie Herrick, Preventionist It has been about five months since schools and offices went virtual and the COVID-19 quarantine began. Many parents juggled working from home while assisting their kids with distance learning.  Navigating the new normal of living during a pandemic can cause parents to feel a mix of emotions. Each day of workin...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 31, 2020

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Should schools reopen for students' mental health? Experts weigh inThe talk of schools reopening in the fall and the push from President Donald Trump and his secretary of education to open in-person classes have many parents worried about the safety of their children. Our patients with addiction often feel little more than 'animals' in the pharmacy...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 24, 2020

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You Know What Else Has Sold Well During the Pandemic? Weed EdiblesPandemic anxiety and mounting concerns about vaping have helped shift sales of cannabis products. Study Finds Growth in LSD UseThe recent use of LSD to treat severe psychological disorders in several clinical applications has proven effective in reducing symptoms and distressing even...
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