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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 18, 2018

Published 05-17-2018

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty.Learn More   At NJ hospitals, ex-users urge opioid overdose victims to seek treatment “The first time I did heroin was in Brooklyn House of Detention,” recalled Eric McIntire, sitting in a windowless conference room at Barnabas Health Medical Group in West Orange. His two iPhones, which ring loudly and often, were on the table in front of him.Learn More   'Epicenter' of N.J.'s opioid epidemic may be getting better Monmouth and Ocean counties are two Jersey Shore neighbors that are part of what has been called the "epicenter" of the state's opioid epidemic. Learn More   Alcohol, Tobacco More Harmful Than Illegal Drugs It's smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol -- and not taking illegal drugs -- that pose the greatest risks to people's health, a new international study contends.Learn More   People taking medication...

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Gambling in the Military

Published 05-10-2018

By Al Gesregan When military personnel are screened for mental health issues, they are not screened for their gambling habits. They are screened for alcohol and drug use, but nothing about gambling. Even if they are in treatment for an addiction, gambling is not brought up. Currently, the U.S. Department of Defense reports that we have military bases in 150 countries, with 1.3 million men and women in active duty. Ninety-eight percent of our bases have enlisted and officers' clubs, and in each club there is a room set aside for slot machines. There are 3,000 slot machines on our military bases overseas, generating over 130 million dollars every year for our government, and they don't just limit the gambling to slot machines. Every club has a Bingo night three or four times a month. One or two times a month, they have what is called a Monte Carlo night, where the...

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Prevention Week at South Brunswick High School

Published 05-14-2018

By Melisa Damcevska. The week of May 14th to May 19th marks SAMHSA’s 6th annual Prevention Week, a week that is solely dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health. This year’s 2018 theme is “Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow” reminding all of us that the choices we make today will have consequences later on in life. Individuals, organizations, coalitions, and communities are encouraged to spread information and raise awareness to the prevention of substance use and the importance of mental health and wellness. Each day of the week focuses on particular topic: promotion of mental health, underage drinking, prescription drug and opioid misuse, youth marijuana and illicit drug use, prevention of suicide and prevention of youth tobacco use. South Brunswick High School is just one of the schools and communities across Middlesex County participating in Prevention Week. Students wrote letters to their future selves titled “Dear Future Me”, writing...

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