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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 11, 2019

Published 01-10-2019

Deaths Level Off—and Even Decline—in Some Opioid Hotspots New Hampshire, Ohio cite efforts with overdose-reversal drug and push against painkiller abuseLearn More   Benzodiazepine Use and Misuse Among Adults in the United States Benzodiazepine use among U.S. adults was higher than previously reported, and misuse accounted for nearly 20% of use overall.Learn More   Amphetamine Use, Abuse and Dependence Claim Lines Increased over 3,000 Percent in 10 Years Anxiety Claim Lines Rose over 200 Percent, FAIR Health Study Shows,Learn More   Opioid-Makers Face Wave of Lawsuits in 2019 The next 12 months might just redefine the way America thinks about and responds to the opioid epidemic that now claims more than 40,000 lives each year. Learn More   NJ Towns Buck Marijuana Legalization As marijuana legalization inches forward in New Jersey, a coalition of mayors, law enforcement, and town councils are working to ensure that dispensaries never open up shop in their towns.Learn More   New Jersey College forms Cannabis Institute New Jersey lawmakers’ attempts...

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Reducing Risk at Your Holiday Party

Published 12-14-2018

Holiday parties offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends and celebrate community. Yet the ready availability of alcohol during holiday celebrations can be dangerous, contributing to sharp increases in alcohol-related traffic fatalities during the holiday season. If you choose to serve alcohol at your holiday party, here are some tips for keeping your guests safe.Stay safe and happy holidays! Always serve food. Drinking on an empty stomach leads to a more rapid absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. High-protein foods such as cheese and meat can slow this absorption down. Avoid serving salty snacks. These tend to make people thirsty and so drink more than they might otherwise. Provide appealing non-alcoholic alternatives. You’ll be surprised to see how many guests choose an enticing, alcohol-free “mocktail” when they have the option. Also have plenty of jugs of water and/or bottles of seltzer available. Avoid serving alcoholic punch. Punch tend to hide the taste of...

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Piscataway High School Back-to-School Night

Published 09-14-2018

By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The end of summer, the drop of the temperatures, and the start of a new school year also means schools are hosting annual Back-to-School Nights. These are annual events where parents and guardians are given an opportunity to experience the daily steps their children take while at school. Wellspring Center for Prevention hosted a table at Piscataway High School’s Back-to-School Night earlier this month. The staff came armed with information about substance use prevention and mental health promotion. Parents were able to collect valuable information and community resources right at the school. For many parents and youth, high school is a time of transition, growth and self-discovery, as well as a time where the susceptibility to substance use may skyrocket as youth begin to figure out who they are. Having these tools and information is critical to keeping students and parents informed and ultimately, healthy. At the Back-to-School night, parents...

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