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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).
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Jason Surks Memorial Resource Center
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FDA Warns Public About Dangers of Powdered Caffeine Following Deaths

image The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about powdered pure caffeine, following the deaths of at least two young men who used the product.

A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee, according to the FDA.

"Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose. Parents should be aware that these products may be attractive to young people," the FDA warned in a statement.

NPR reports the agency has started asking companies that sell powdered caffeine to voluntarily take the product off the market. "It's fundamentally irresponsible to be selling this powerful drug in this form to consumers," said Michael Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. He called pure powdered, bulk caffeine "a dangerous, potent drug that, if taken in as little as a teaspoon, runs the risk of being a lethal overdose to people."

The FDA is starting to build a case to require companies to stop selling powdered caffeine if they do not do so voluntarily, Taylor noted.

Caffeine overdose symptoms can include rapid or dangerously erratic heartbeat, seizures and death. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stupor and disorientation.

The symptoms are likely to be much more severe in people who use caffeine powder than in those who drink too much coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverages, according to the FDA.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are calling for a ban on the product.

The senators and advocates from the Center for Science in the Public Interest recently met with the families of two young men who died after ingesting caffeine powder. They delivered a citizen petition that urges the FDA to ban the sale of powdered caffeine.