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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.

Doctors Don’t Feel Comfortable Recommending Medical Marijuana

image Many doctors are avoiding recommending medical marijuana to their patients, according to Boston.com.

Some feel they don't know enough about its effectiveness, or are worried about liability and lawsuits.

In Massachusetts, most doctors are not approved to certify residents as medical marijuana patients, the article notes.

Patients must be certified by a doctor in order to receive legal marijuana from one of the state's two dispensaries. Currently there are only 108 certified doctors in the state.

Prescribing medical marijuana has become a niche business for some clinics. "Those clinics are not set up to deal with a specific medical disease," said Dr. Dennis Dimitri, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society. "They're set up to prescribe a drug. And I cannot think of other examples of physicians who have a clinic whose only purpose is to prescribe a specific medication or drug." He added, "I think at this point, for many physicians, they feel like the jury is still out on medical marijuana."

Many doctors are concerned that because marijuana is banned by the federal government, their medical licenses could be at risk if they recommend it. Some hospitals and medical practices are discouraging doctors from discussing medical marijuana with their patients, according to the article.

Officials at the Cambridge Health Alliance have told their providers not to certify patients "pending better evidence about the benefits and risks of marijuana," according to spokesman David Cecere.

Patients looking for medical marijuana certification can turn to Canna Care Docs, which has eight locations in Massachusetts. Some patients are referred to the clinics by their doctor, according to Operations Manager Kathleen McKinnon. Others come on their own because their doctor does not want to discuss medical marijuana, or because the patients do not want to ask their doctor about it, she said.

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