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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.

Abuse-Deterrent Formulations of Painkillers Aren’t Risk-Free

image Abuse-deterrent formulations of opioid painkillers are making it more difficult for people to misuse the medications, but have not eliminated the problem of opioid abuse, experts tell The New York Times.

Thousands of people are still finding ways to misuse abuse-deterrent formulations of drugs such as OxyContin, the article notes. Others have moved on to other opioid medications or heroin.

The original version of OxyContin contained highly concentrated levels of the opioid oxycodone, which was designed so small amounts of the drug were released over a long period. A person who wanted to abuse the drug could crush and then snort it, or dissolve it in liquid and inject it.

In 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an abuse-deterrent version of OxyContin, which is more difficult to crush. It turns into a gooey gel if it is crushed, making it almost impossible to snort or inject.

The rate of OxyContin overdoses dropped 19 percent in the two years after the company that makes the drug introduced the abuse-deterrent formulation, according to a study published earlier this year. During the same period, the rate of heroin overdoses increased 23 percent.

Some experts are concerned both users and prescribers may not understand that abuse-deterrent formulations of opioids are no less addictive than older versions, the article notes.

Last year the FDA approved three new painkillers that are being marketed as having abuse-deterrent properties: Embeda, Targiniq and Hysingla. About 30 more are in development.

In a statement, the FDA's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gail Cawkwell, told the newspaper, "On the whole, society is better off having abuse-deterrent formulations. Focusing solely on what they don't do is like saying seatbelts aren't important because they don't prevent all traffic fatalities. These products won't stop all prescription drug abuse, but they're a necessary part of the solution."

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