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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 13, 2018

Published 07-12-2018

FDA Presses Internet Companies on Illegal Online Opioid Sales Federal regulators are dialing up pressure on big internet companies to do more to prevent online sales of opioids as industry leaders met with government officials at a summit meeting Wednesday.Learn More   New CDC Director Targets Opioids, Suicide and Pandemics In his first interview as the head of the CDC, Robert Redfield discusses the need to address rising substance abuse, global health threats and HIV/AIDS.Learn More   Rejected by A.A. How the 12 Step program and its decades-old philosophy are exacerbating the opioid crisis. Learn More   NJ Hospitals Explore Software to Reduce Addiction, Improve Care Computerized tracking tool summarizes patients’ histories, flagging suspect behaviors and speeding response time.Learn More   Commentary: The battle against opioid addiction will be won in communities, not in Washington The rising death toll from opioid addiction has galvanized a federal response and a strategy is taking shape.Learn More   Addressing Poverty and Mental Illness Poverty is one of the...

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Sleep Matters: The Link Between Sleep and Mental Health

Published 07-17-2018

By Hazel Bridges Medical science has shown that every aspect of our mental and physical health is tied closely to sleep. Restful sleep can strengthen major organs and cardiopulmonary functioning, but it is especially related to brain health. The less sleep you get as you age, the faster the brain ages and shows signs of brain-ventricle enlargement, brain shrinkage and compromised cognitive functioning. Studies have shown that people who suffer from sleep problems are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A lack of sleep can also create long-term problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and depression. Clearly, sleep is key to brain and body health the older you get. Fortunately, there are several sleep strategies that can improve the amount and quality of health you get each night and, in so doing, boost mental health. Stick to a sleep scheduleConsistency is a good thing when it comes to sleeping. If...

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Prevention Week at South Brunswick High School

Published 05-14-2018

By Melisa Damcevska. The week of May 14th to May 19th marks SAMHSA’s 6th annual Prevention Week, a week that is solely dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health. This year’s 2018 theme is “Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow” reminding all of us that the choices we make today will have consequences later on in life. Individuals, organizations, coalitions, and communities are encouraged to spread information and raise awareness to the prevention of substance use and the importance of mental health and wellness. Each day of the week focuses on particular topic: promotion of mental health, underage drinking, prescription drug and opioid misuse, youth marijuana and illicit drug use, prevention of suicide and prevention of youth tobacco use. South Brunswick High School is just one of the schools and communities across Middlesex County participating in Prevention Week. Students wrote letters to their future selves titled “Dear Future Me”, writing...

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