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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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Playing Jeopardy with Middlesex County Older Adults

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia Wellspring Center for Prevention offers a wide variety of programs and services appropriate for individuals across the lifespan. One of our unique programs, Senior Jeopardy, is a big hit among older adults throughout Middlesex County. This program serves as an interactive and competitively educational game, just like the show! We offer a variety of topics including; Conflict Resolution, Substance Use and Abuse By Older Adults, Nutrition and Healthy Aging, Safe Prescription and OTC Drug Use, Maintaining a Healthy Mind, Healthy Coping, and Taking Control of Your Health. Recently, Wellspring Center for Prevention Preventionists Gina Miraglia and Melisa Damcevska joined the Old Bridge Senior Center and Old Bridge High School seniors for a fun Conflict Resolution Jeopardy game. The ‘Intergenerational Senior Jeopardy’ games take place a few times a year. During these games, we divided the players into two teams of mixed intergenerational seniors then, the teams compete against...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 15, 2019

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U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site For Opioids After months of threats, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia launched a legal challenge on Wednesday against the nonprofit Safehouse, which is hoping to open what could be the nation's first site where people with opioid addiction can use drugs under medical supervision.. Learn More   Making OxyContin 'Tamper Proof' Helped Spread Hepatitis C An effort to make the opioid painkiller OxyContin harder to abuse drove addicted patients to heroin and caused a dramatic increase in hepatitis C, a new study suggests.. Learn More   Where Marijuana Is Legal, Many Teens Drive While High In states where marijuana is legal, teens smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel of a car is common, a new study finds. Learn More   Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth Recommending that pregnant women not drink alcohol has been called old-fashioned and even patriarchal....
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 8, 2019

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Steep Climb in Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care Doctors The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015, according to a study published Friday. And about half those prescriptions came from primary care physicians. Learn More   One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be more Just under 1% of American teenagers are knowingly using the synthetic drug flakka, according to new research. Learn More   FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association says The American Lung Association gives a federal agency and individual state governments poor marks in a new report card evaluating tobacco prevention programs. Learn More   Parents worried about risks, but still think opioids are best for kids’ pain relief Headlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 1, 2019

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Association of Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing of Opioid Products With Mortality From Opioid-Related Overdoses To what extent is pharmaceutical industry marketing of opioids to physicians associated with subsequent mortality from prescription opioid overdoses? Learn More   The FDA is considering drugs to help kids quit vaping The US Food and Drug Administration is considering the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in during a public hearing Friday on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth. Learn More   FDA clears the way to increase access and lower cost of life-saving opioid overdose treatment drug The Food and Drug Administration is clearing the way for drug companies to increase access and lower the cost of a life-saving drug used to treat opioid overdoses. Learn More   Fatal opioid overdoses by state All states in the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 25, 2019

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Parents with Mental Health Conditions Are 8 Times as Likely as Parents without Mental Health Conditions to Have Contact with Child Protective Services, National Survey Shows Involvement with child protective services (CPS) can have detrimental effects on children and parents alike. This study provided updated information about the prevalence of parenting among individuals with a serious mental illness and established the first contemporaneous and comparative national prevalence estimates of CPS involvement for parents with and without a serious mental illness. Learn More   Drug overdose deaths skyrocket among middle-aged women America's drug crisis is taking a deadly toll on a group you might not expect: middle-aged women. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that drug overdose deaths among females aged 30 to 64 have skyrocketed in recent years. Learn More   Covering Debt to Curb Addiction A National Health Service Corps loan repayment program aims...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 18, 2019

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Opioid Overdoses Are Now The Nation’s Most Common Preventable Cause Of Death Americans are more likely to accidentally overdose than die in a motor vehicle accident or a fall, according to a new report. Learn More   Meth’s resurgence highlights lack of meds to combat addiction Overdose rates involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016. Learn More   Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction Announce Merger Together, as Center on Addiction, They Will Transform How U.S. Addresses Addiction Learn More   Maryland regulators: Is medical marijuana effective for treating opioid addiction? Answer: It's complicated As opioid overdose deaths continued to mount in Maryland last year, state lawmakers asked medical marijuana regulators to determine whether cannabis could be effective at treating addiction to heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone. Learn More   F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping The Food and Drug Administration...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 11, 2019

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Deaths Level Off—and Even Decline—in Some Opioid Hotspots New Hampshire, Ohio cite efforts with overdose-reversal drug and push against painkiller abuse Learn 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...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 4, 2019

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The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic If America approached addiction treatment like any other form of health care, it would go a long way to solving the opioid crisis. Learn More   Removing The Workplace Stigma Attached To Men's Mental Health One of the more pleasing workplace related trends of recent years is the growing acceptance of discussions around mental health. Learn More   America’s Mental-Health Policy Quietly Improves This week, over 900 people died of opioid overdoses, and 400,000 mentally ill spent the night behind bars. But next year could be different if Congress continues its support of changes being made at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Learn More   The Wrenching Financial Costs Of Addiction If you’ve seen the recent movies Beautiful Boy or Ben Is Back, you’ve learned about the pain parents...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 21, 2018

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Greetings all. Please note that our Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish next week, Friday December 28th. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of Wellspring Center for Prevention, we wish you and yours a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! Be safe.   Surge in Teen Vaping Gives Rise to Nicotine Addiction Concentrated doses of nicotine prompt higher rates of addiction than cigarettes. With few treatment options for teens, the FDA plans public hearings. Learn More   Opioids May Help Chronic Pain, But Not Much Potentially addictive opioid painkillers are often prescribed for chronic pain, but they actually work only slightly better than placebo pills, a new review shows. Learn More   New Job Hope For Adults In Drug And Alcohol Recovery For most of his life when he was in between jobs, Tim Tulvey would toss his resume up on a hiring site...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 14, 2018

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Internet gambling addiction is a looming crisis In her Nov. 28 presentation at Liberty University, First Lady Melania Trump stated that the opioid epidemic was the “worst drug crisis in American history.” Learn More   Surge in young people going into private addiction clinics as poorer addicts 'pushed into gangs' While well-off addicts can afford private treatment, poorer teenagers with mounting drug problems are being failed by public services, making them 'ripe for grooming', experts warn Learn More   The Strongest Evidence Yet for a Highly Controversial Addiction Treatment When other approaches fail, the most effective way to fight a heroin addiction can be heroin itself. Learn More   Update—Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use Since the index patient with hypocoagulopathy associated with synthetic cannabinoids use was identified on March 8, 2018 in Illinois, at least 324 people have presented to healthcare facilities with serious bleeding from possible...
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