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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.

Drug Overdose Deaths Increased in Almost Every U.S. County

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Drug overdose deaths have increased in almost every U.S. county, The New York Times reports.

Some of the biggest concentrations of overdose are in Appalachia and the Southwest.

The increase is largely driven by addiction to prescription opioids and heroin.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found 47,055 people died from drug overdoses. The drug overdose death rate is rising much faster than the rate of other causes of death, the article notes.

Overdose death rates are rising faster in rural areas than in large metropolitan areas, which historically have had higher rates. Opioids were involved in more than 61 percent of deaths from overdoses in 2014. Heroin-related deaths have more than tripled since 2010. They are currently double the rate of cocaine-related deaths.

Recently, The New York Times reported the rising death rate of young white adults in the United States is being driven by drug overdoses.

In contrast, the death rates for young black Americans is falling, according to an analysis by the newspaper. This is the first generation of young white adults since the Vietnam War years of the mid-1960s to have higher deaths rates in early adulthood than the generation before it.

The findings come from an analysis of almost 60 million death certificates collected by the CDC between 1990 and 2014. Death rates for non-Hispanic whites rose or flattened for all adult age groups under 65, especially in women. During that period, medical advances greatly decreased deaths from traditional causes such as heart disease. Among blacks and most Hispanic groups, death rates continued to fall during those years.

The overdose death rate for whites ages 25 to 34 in 2014 was five times its level in 1999. Among whites ages 35 to 44, the overdose rate tripled during those years. The analysis included deaths from illegal and prescription drugs.

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