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As Executive Director, Ezra is the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. His duties include: Implementing the agency's strategic plan; Planning for program services, staffing, physical resources, and funding;  Monitoring implementation of policies and procedures to assure programs and services are delivered effectively and efficiently; and Es...tablishing and maintaining working relationships with community groups, service providers, government offices, and the media. Ezra also continues to develop print and electronic publications for the Council and manage the agency's web sites and social media efforts More
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019

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Senators' scathing letter to Juul demands answers about tactics targeting youth, ties to Big Tobacco Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs is under the microscope again, with 11 senators demanding answers from the company at the center of the youth vaping "epidemic" whose business practices have been shrouded in "immense secrecy," the senators said in a letter to Juul on Monday. Learn More   Anti-vaping advocates push to raise minimum age for nicotine "The addicted mind justifies some crazy things," said Matt Murphy. The 19-year-old got hooked on nicotine in high school, and what began as experimentation with vaping turned into an addiction. Learn More   Bipartisan Bill Would Give States Control Over Marijuana Laws The measure would effectively grant states total control over marijuana legalization. Learn More   How Do Illegal Drugs Cross The U.S.-Mexico Border? NPR's Michel Martin talks to Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection,...
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

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Written by Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring intern Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (now Facing Addiction with NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol addiction, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery. Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month was developed to reduce the stigma associated with addiction. The goal is to encourage communities to reach out to the public and share information about alcoholism and recovery. The 2019 theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” is designed to draw attention to the pervasive impact that alcohol has on young people, their friends, families, and communities. This message highlights the reality that help is available and recovery is possible. The month of April will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed at educating people about prevention and treatment of alcohol addiction. These events provide youth and their families...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 12, 2019

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Mental health can impact memory decades later New research from the United Kingdom has found that people who experience recurrent episodes of depression throughout adulthood are more at risk of developing memory problems later in life. Learn More   Millennials Are Sick of Drinking But they’re not giving up booze just yet. Learn More   Opioid Overreaction There is a real crisis. But the solution is flawed. Learn More   ‘Safe’ teen drinking? Here’s why parents shouldn’t facilitate it. “Well, we did it when we were their age.” This common refrain, popular among parents with a permissive attitude toward underage drinking, is often coupled with well-intentioned efforts to keep adolescents safe while consuming alcohol. Learn More   Mental health on college campuses: 5 things you didn’t know More than a quarter of college students have considered suicide, with 11.3 percent considering it in the past year, according to a recent survey...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending April 5, 2019

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Suicides after mass shootings underline contagion of high-profile tragedies At least three people who lost friends or family in school shootings have killed themselves in the last week, highlighting the effects of trauma and the problem that news of suicides can encourage copycats.. Learn More   The war on opioids is saving lives. But it’s also killing people like me We had tried everything to stop the spread of my cancer. My doctor felt it was time for me to go home, get my affairs in order and say my goodbyes. “Get your Christmas shopping done early,” he said. “You have just a few months to live.” Learn More   'Am I depressed?': How teens can find mental health help online Teens don't need to read the headlines to know that they and too many of their peers are feeling lonely, sad, anxious, and suicidal. Recent headlines, however, confirm what's happening...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 29, 2019

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More U.S. Teens, Kids Seeking Mental Health Care in ERs In a hearing peppered with statistics and stories of the nation's opioid crisis, a government official told a congressional panel Thursday that the Trump administration’s plan for addressing the country’s drug crisis lacks U.S. emergency departments are seeing a surge in the number of kids and teens seeking help for mental health problems, new research warns. Learn More   The Fentanyl Failure In May 2016, a group of national health experts issued an urgent plea in a private letter to high-level officials in the Obama administration. Thousands of people were dying from overdoses of fentanyl — the deadliest drug to ever hit U.S.. Learn More   Opioids and unemployment: stopping the cycle 60 Minutes producer Katy Textor talks about an investment fund resurrecting jobs in hard-hit areas. One company's solution? Hire recovering addicts Learn More   To help fight vaping, schools...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 22, 2019

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Drug policy head confronted about administration's drug crisis strategy In a hearing peppered with statistics and stories of the nation's opioid crisis, a government official told a congressional panel Thursday that the Trump administration’s plan for addressing the country’s drug crisis lacks goals and objectives and a way to measure success. Learn More   Juul is pitching its e-cigarette as an anti-smoking tool to employers and insurers Juul has a new program to pitch its e-cigarette to companies and insurers who want to help their employees stop smoking cigarettes as the company continues to stave off criticism that its product has caused an epidemic in teen smoking. Learn More   Teens Need the Truth About Drugs Decades of scare tactics haven’t worked. What’s effective is clear information about risks and alternative ways to relieve stress.. Learn More   Mobile addiction clinic brings help to those at heart of opioid epidemic Just...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 15, 2019

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The Opioid Dilemma: Saving Lives in the Long Run Can Take Lives in the Short Run Limiting prescriptions seems logical, but a simulation study shows it would actually increase deaths, not decrease them, in the initial years.. Learn More   Which Misused Prescription Meds Send Americans to the ER? Most folks treated in a U.S. emergency room for misuse of prescription medications get into trouble because they mix different substances, a new study reports. Learn More   This Is What it's Like to Overdose on Heroin Nine Times I couldn't see anything, but I could hear my mom chattering on the phone. Quick, Cuban Spanish broken by an occasional burst of laughter. Her television blared in the background. A reality show, I think. I couldn't feel my body, either. Learn More   The “I Do” of Addiction People might mean well, but, benign or not, when somebody asks, how’s your mama...
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Nicki Francis Receives Friend of a SAC Award

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Nicki Francis, Coordinator of Program and Professional Development at Wellspring Center for Prevention recently received the Friend of a SAC Award. The award was handed out by the Association of Student Assistance Professionals of N.J. (ASAP-NJ). ASAP-NJ is an organization of individuals employed in schools, agencies or school-based programs whose functions include advocating and developing a school-based student assistance/substance awareness program. The group meets the needs of youth in the education, prevention, intervention, and referral services for high-risk behaviors, including substance abuse and violence issues. When Nicki joined Wellspring she brought with her a wealth of experience in prevention program development and delivery. She is multi-certified in several evidenced-based prevention programs and she has trained many professionals on Harassment Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) and Bullying Prevention, Creating Climate Change in School and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment). She is also experienced in effective practices to ensure community level...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 8, 2019

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U.S. deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide hit highest level since record-keeping began The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since federal data collection started in 1999, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by two public health nonprofits. Learn More   Young Adults at Risk for Addiction Show Key Differences in Brain Region Young adults at risk of developing addiction problems show key differences in a particular brain region tied to impulse control, according to a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology .. Learn More   Can our surroundings fuel addiction? New research in the journal Learning and Memory explores the impact of environmental cues on addiction. The findings could enhance the process of recovering from addiction. Learn More   Addiction center raises concerns over ketamine approval A New Jersey, USA-based addiction treatment center has warned...
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Using Telehealth to Combat Substance Abuse

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Written by: Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring Intern It is no secret that the United States is facing a major drug epidemic. Substance abuse has become a public health crisis that demands urgent priority and innovative solutions. But with the advent of the Internet and smartphones, researchers have found new ways to connect with patients. Telehealth is a promising tool for treating and supporting individuals with substance use disorders. Telehealth uses technology to provide access to services and makes it possible for patients to receive screenings and counseling without traveling to a provider's office. Telehealth is not limited to a single form of technology. Platforms include computerized screening and assessment tools, telephone-based services, smartphone applications, video-conferencing, and secure recovery support chats. There are many reasons to pursue treatment through telehealth, and often they’re related to overcoming barriers to care. These might include the stigma associated with seeking help, lack of access to providers...
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