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JUN
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Syringe Access Program Stigma Still Exists

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By Gina Miraglia, Wellslpring Preventionist In October of 2017, the Trump Administration declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. In response, the department of Health and Human Services of the US government announced a 5-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis. However, a recent study showed that there is less support than expected among Americans to reduce the risk of overdose and infections among opioid users using evidence-based strategies. In the June issue of Preventive Medicine journal, a study of over 1,000 American adults expressed their views on syringe access programs (SAPs) and safe injection sites. The study revealed that “only 29% of respondents supported legalizing safe injection sites in their communities and only 39% supported legalizing [SAPs] in their communities.” Those with unsupportive views were also found to have negative views about opioid users. Though this study exposed unfavorable views about these opioid epidemic tactics, it was still...
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MAY
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Prevention Week at South Brunswick High School

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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...
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MAR
07
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CADCA’s Annual National Leadership Forum – My Story

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By Melisa Damcevska, Wellspring Preventionist Whether you are new to the prevention field or have been working in it for decades, CADCA’s annual National Leadership Forum is a powerful sight to be seen. Personally, it was my very first time attending, and I will be forever grateful that I was able to attend because of how eye-opening and empowering those four days in National Harbor, Maryland were. Prevention, for people not involved in the field, is a highly misunderstood topic. We as prevention specialists are constantly asked, how do you prevent something like this from happening? How do you possibly know it works? Why should I worry about a few kids underage drinking when the opioid epidemic is killing thousands a week? And that is exactly why we need prevention. To stop the epidemic before it even begins. CADCA’s National Leadership Forum brought together about 3,000 individuals all working towards...
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MAR
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2018 Young Women’s Conference Recap

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By Karli Rymer, Wellspring Intern On February 28th, 2018, Wellspring Center for Prevention hosted the 14th annual Young Women’s Conference, My Journey, My Voice: Empowering Young Women, in New Brunswick, NJ. It was a day filled with interactive and educational workshops that provided students with an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and emphasized the importance of life and social skills. The goal of the conference is for the attendees to return to their schools and share the information with the rest of the student body through different programs and/or events. The day began with provided breakfast and an amazing production, Lost Angels , performed by the Playground Theatre Project. This outreach program production touches on bullying, violence, racism, sexism, drug/alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide. The piece brings up issues current in today’s society and the struggles that young people face in their everyday lives. The student’s in the play learn...
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JAN
24
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Be Smart about Medicine Display Makes the Rounds

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By Jenna Bonstein, Preventionist I We are excited to launch our Be Smart about Medicine contest in Middlesex County middle schools again this year. This effort is designed for students to educate and spread awareness of the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs (Rx). The artwork is relatable to middle school teens since it is designed by peers at their age level to explain the risk factors for abusing prescription and OTC drugs. Be Smart about Medicine is a creative expression contest that middle school students engage in spreading an educational message to the public about the dangers of RX and OTC drugs. Prescription and OTC drugs can be very potent strong and can have a dramatic effect on the way the body works. This is especially true of drugs are not taken as directed. Of special interest is that fact that teen prescription drug abuse can result in...
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NOV
07
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DEA Collects Record Number of Unused Pills as Part of Its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. That is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event.This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons. Now in its 8th year, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens. The DEA action comes just days after President Donald J. Trump announced the mobilization of his entire Administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by directing the...
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OCT
24
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Medicine Take Back Day Returns to Middlesex County October 28th

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On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wellspring Center for Prevention, the Coalition for Healthy Communities, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. “Prescription drug abuse continues to be a growing problem in the U.S. and locally, and a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends,” said Wellspring Executive Director & CEO Ezra Helfand. “The no-questions-asked “take-back” will enable our neighbors to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired and unwanted prescription drug.” Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its...
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OCT
09
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Documentary Screening: GENERATION FOUND on October 16

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Please join us for a free screening of this documentary and learn about one response to the opioid crisis: recovery high schools. Refreshments will be served. WHEN - Monday, October 16th 7:00 –9:00 p.m. WHERE -  Piscataway Public Library, Kennedy Branch, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway NJ To register, please call (732) 463-1633 x 6 or stop by the our Information Desk!
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AUG
23
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SUDS Groups Implement Summer Events

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By Melisa Damcevska, Wellspring Preventionist With school out, summer is a time for adolescents to kick back and relax before the stress of the next school year begins. On the other hand, summer is also a time where adolescents have more idle time, less responsibility and less adult supervision. With less time spent in school and more free time on their hands, teens become more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol or engage in other forms of high-risk behaviors. A report issued by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), based on data from its 2002 to 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, found that more teens drink and smoking cigarettes and marijuana (including first use of these substances) at a higher rate in June and July than in any other month. Alcohol use is seen as a rite of passage among youth, explaining...
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AUG
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Our Mobile Billboard is on the Move!

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By Jenna Bonstein, Wellspring Preventionist For the past two years, Wellspring has utilized a mobile billboard from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office to raise awareness about the growing opioid addiction problem. Since then, the mobile billboard has been at over 10 locations across Middlesex County – on local highways, at county parks, and at local municipal events. The current display is the Partnership for a Drug Free NJ’s substance misuse and prevention campaign. Recently, the mobile billboard was placed at Alvin P. Williams Memorial Park in the Sewaren section of Woodbridge, during the Fourth of July firework show. Today, you can drive by and see it at Roosevelt Park on Route 1 South in Edison. At the end of this month, it will be moved to the Old Bridge Municipal Complex for their Overdose Awareness Day recognition on August 31st. Where to next? Contact us and we will be happy...
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