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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.

As U.S. Turns to Home-Grown Marijuana, Drug Traffickers Sell More Heroin and Meth

image As U.S.-grown marijuana displaces Mexican cannabis in this country, drug traffickers are sending more cheap heroin and methamphetamine into the United States, according to The Washington Post.

The amount of marijuana seized by U.S. officers along the Mexican border has decreased 37 percent since 2011.

In the past few years, American marijuana users have been choosing more potent, higher-grade varieties grown in the United States.

As the popularity of Mexican marijuana decreases, Mexican drug farmers are planting more opium poppies. The heroin these plants produce is being channeled to the U.S. communities hardest hit by prescription drug abuse, offering a cheaper alternative.

"Legalization of marijuana for recreational use has given U.S. consumers access to high-quality marijuana, with genetically improved strains, grown in greenhouses," said Raul Benitez-Manaut of Mexico's National Autonomous University. "That's why the Mexican cartels are switching to heroin and meth."

Last year, U.S. law enforcement agents seized 2,181 kilograms of heroin coming from Mexico, almost triple the amount confiscated in 2009, the article notes.

Methamphetamine seizures by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents surged in 2014. A crackdown on meth ingredients in the United States has pushed the drug's manufacture to Mexico. The agency said there has been a 300 percent increase in meth seizures at California entry points from 2009 to 2014.

"The days of the large-scale U.S. meth labs are pretty much gone, given how much the Mexicans have taken over production south of the border and distribution into the United States," said Lawrence Payne, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration. "Their product is far superior, cheaper and more pure."

Sidney Aki of U.S. Customs and Border Protection noted, "Criminal organizations are no longer going for bulk marijuana. Hard drugs are the growing trend, and they're profitable in small amounts."

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