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If you have come to our site seeking information, guidance, or referral services for yourself or another person, you have come to the right place. Wellspring is here to provide education and support to those who need assistance confronting the disease of alcoholism and drug dependence.

Information & Referral

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Treatment Referrals
Suffering from an addiction problem? We can help you find a treatment facility. You can either browse through our local Treatment Directory, allow us to make suggested referrals by using our self-administered Screening Tool, or if you prefer speaking with one of our professionals, call our confidential Referral Helpline. We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can also contact us via email at mail@wellspringprevention.org. While not intended to diagnose a substance abuse problem, each of these options will help narrow your search for a program that best meets your needs. Note that the options provided do not represent an exhaustive list of all available programs or constitute an endorsement of particular programs. However, these are programs we have worked with and have consistently received positive feedback from those who have accessed their services. If you live outside of Middlesex County New Jersey, you can get help now by calling the New Jersey Addiction Services Hotline anytime at 844-276-2777. You can also access the New Jersey Mental Health Cares Information and Referral Helpline at 1-866-202-HELP (4357).
If you live outside of New Jersey, reach out to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at www.ncadd.org or 212-269-7797 to find your nearest local resources.
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Jason Surks Memorial Resource Center
The Jason Surks Memorial Prevention Resource Center at Wellspring serves as a clearinghouse for free information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Explore our vast collection of online information and helpful links, or visit us at our East Brunswick, NJ location to access free pamphlets, posters and DVD lending library.
More than just a physical and web-based library, our Resource Center is people. If you need assistance planning an educational program, need information for a health fair, or would like to contract with our staff to provide presentations in your community, please call us at 732-254-3344 or send us an email request at info@wellspringprevention.org.

Americans Are Taking Too Many Medications

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In a study titled “Trends in Prescription Drug Use Among Adults in the United States From 1999-2012” a recent issue of Medscape Multispeciality announced that researchers retrospectively analyzed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey database to determine if the prevalence of prescription drug use changed from 1999-2000 to 2011-2012.

Some of the main findings included:

  • The percentage of adults reporting use of any prescription drugs increased from 51% in 1999-2000 to 59% in 2011-2012.
  • The use increased as people became older.
  • Polypharmacy (use of five or more prescription drugs) increased from 10% to 15% among those 40-64 years old and from 24% to 39% for those over 65 years.
  • The 10 most commonly used individual drugs in 2011-2012 were simvastatin, lisinopril, levothyroxine, metoprolol, metformin, hydrochlorothiazide, omeprazole, amlodipine, atorvastatin, and albuterol.

All of the reported increases from 1999 to 2012 were not explained by changes in the age distribution of the population.

The article went on to note that physicians working in a hospital have likely noticed that many of those admitted for inpatient surgery are taking multiple prescription medications. This study confirms the suspicion that a greater number of patients are on more medications than ever before.

The overall increase in drug use that was noted in this study may reflect several forces, including evolving medical practice patterns (e.g., advances in treatment or new clinical guidelines), drugs entering and exiting the market, changes to drug marketing and promotion, modifications in health policy or payment systems (e.g., implementation of Medicare Part D), or evolving health needs of the population.

A possible example of this is presented in the finding that 8 of the 10 most commonly used drugs in 2011-2012 treat components of the cardiometabolic syndrome, including hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia. As proton-pump inhibitors are likely to be prescribed for gastroesophageal reflux in overweight individuals, the increase in use of these four agents may reflect the growing prevalence of obesity.

The authors noted some of the study's limitations, which are worth considering. During their interviews, the subjects may not have recalled drugs used intermittently over the prior month compared with drugs used daily. Over-the-counter drug use was also not measured. Lastly, the database did not include institutionalized persons, such as those living in nursing homes, who also may be taking several different medications.

Source: Medscape from WebMD is a part of WebMD Health Professional Network that includes theHeart.org and eMedicine.com.

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