Coalition for Healthy Communities

Our mission is to reduce substance abuse, especially among youth, by providing opportunities for increased collaboration, coordinated planning, and sharing of resources, thereby maximizing the quality and availability of services to the communities and residents of Middlesex County. We are comprised of a group of diverse individuals and organizations from your community.

Coalition for Healthy Communities

The Coalition for Healthy Communities, an initiative of the Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.), brings together professionals from multiple disciplines who have a passion for the prevention and treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse problems.
Monthly meetings provide an opportunity to network, plan collaborative events, share ideas and resources, and develop into a primary resource for the community. The meeting agenda is designed to provide the most time for sharing information. This has proven to be tremendously useful to the members, who have developed new partnerships and benefited from services that they did not know existed.
Every member of the Coalition can make a difference in the community.

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Task Forces
The Coalition for Healthy Communities functions efficiently within Middlesex County through the various goal-focused task forces, each addressing a particular priority area. Our Coalition is comprised of the following Task Forces: Marijuana Task Force, Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force,  Tobacco/Vaping Task Force and Underage Drinking Task Force.
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Members
Members of the Coalition for Healthy Communities represent a wide variety of sectors within the community, insuring that everyone’s voice is heard. Through the Coalition’s task forces, the membership works to build capacity within the community to reduce the impact that substance abuse has on our families and community members.
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STOP Grant
The Coalition for Healthy Communities will work to change the norms which support underage drinking through a multi-level project that includes encouraging full enforcement current Private Property Ordinances and implementation of new ordinances in non-compliant towns in Middlesex County through the targeted engagement of law enforcement and youth as part of the process.
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Events
Wellspring hosts events to support our programs throughout the year. Take a look at some of the successful events we have held in the past year: Prevention Education Summit, Marijuana Town Hall Meeting, Young Women’s Conference, 3D PSA Contest, Annual Recognition Event, Be Smart About Medicine, Sticker Shock, TIPs Training and Health Fairs/National Night Out.
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Be Smart About Medicine
The Coalition for Healthy Communities (CHC), collaborates with public and private middle schools in Middlesex County NJ, the Safe Kids/Middlesex County Injury Prevention Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and the Middlesex County Association of Student Assistance Professionals (ASAP) to develop a Be Smart About Medicine (BSAM) program.

National Medicine Take Back Returns to Middlesex County September 27th!

Middlesex County municipalities, Sheriff's Department, and Rutgers University will again participate in event designed to dispose of unused medication

On Saturday September 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Middlesex County municipalities along with Rutgers University will provide another opportunity to prevent prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs.

County residents are urged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring their medications for disposal to sites available in their own municipality. A link to locate a collection site near you is now posted on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website at http://www.dea.gov.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Each day in the U.S., nearly 7,000 people abuse or misuse a prescription drug for the first time, while approximately 2,500 of them are youth between the ages of 12 and 17. Prescription medication abuse continues to rise and devastate families and communities throughout our country.
Prescription drug abuse is one of our nation's greatest emerging drug problems and it is widely recognized that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets.

In an effort to reduce the availability of these drugs in our community, the Coalition for Healthy Communities, an initiative of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc., continues to take the lead in the implementation of this event in Middlesex County.

Statewide, National Take-Back is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration New Jersey Division, Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the New Jersey Prevention Network, and the New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash— are posing potential safety and health hazards.Prescriptions collected during National Take-Back will be taken to a central location to be incinerated. Anyone seeking additional information or volunteer opportunities for National Take-Back in Middlesex County should contact Linda Surks at 732-254-3344.

To search by zip code for a collection site near you, just go to the DEA website.

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