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NOV
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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
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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
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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
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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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AUG
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Join Us for National Night Out - August 1, 2017

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Written by Melisa Damcevska From its creation in 1984 to the events we see across the nation today, National Night Out has grown into a celebration of community safety and togetherness that 16,000 communities across the country participate in. Every year on the first Tuesday in August, towns across America come together and host events like block parties, festivals, cookouts, exhibitions and presentations from community organizations – a long way from the lights on and front porch vigils that National Night Out originated from. The program builds on the community policing model that brings citizens and law enforcement together so that we can build trust and relationships that helps keep communities safe. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 will mark another year of the celebration of community togetherness. Locally in Middlesex County, New Jersey, communities like Spotswood, Dunellen, Metuchen and South Brunswick – just to name a few – take part in...
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JUN
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Retiring After 27 Years. Not Goodbye.

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How do I say farewell after 27 years? How do I say thank you all? I have no words to adequately express my gratitude for the outpouring of love, respect, and appreciation I have been receiving – well wishes and expressions of thanks. It means so much to me, but I am the grateful one! TO MY WONDERFUL CO-WORKERS, COLLEAGUES, AND FRIENDS, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. Thank you for your support, collaboration, and friendship. Many of the relationships that I have forged over the past 27 years will continue. Every one of you who has crossed my path has impacted me in some way, and there have be so, so many of you. When I look at the past 27 years, I see two distinct roles I held at the agency, and two roles that the agency held for me. I began in the field of...
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JUN
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Wellspring Launches the Jason Surks Memorial Fund

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Funds raised through the Fund will be used to specifically expand and enhance the agency’s prevention efforts in communities it serves.  Wellspring Center for Prevention today announces the launch of the Jason Surks Memorial Fund to honor the memory of Jason Surks, son of long-time NCADD/Wellspring staffer Linda Surks. The purpose of the Jason Surks Memorial Fund is to further enhance the mission of Wellspring which is to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the prevention of addiction-related problems across the lifespan. Funds raised through the Fund will be used to specifically expand and enhance the agency’s prevention efforts in communities it serves. Investing in Wellsprings innovative prevention services is an excellent investment in the community’s future. Jason Surks, was 19 years old when he died of an overdose of prescription drugs that he was abusing. He was in his second year of college, studying...
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MAY
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Perth Amboy Town Hall Jeopardy Coming May 31st

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Join us May 31st when the Perth Amboy Youth Alliance will present a Town Hall Jeopardy Night! Come join us as we have fun, while raising awareness on underage drinking! When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Brighton Ave Community Center 56 Brighton Ave, Perth Amboy, NJ
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MAY
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Middlesex County Sheds Eight-Ton Elephant from the County

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In the throes of a serious national overdose epidemic, agencies across the country are fighting back with solutions. To reduce the availability of excess prescription medications within our communities, many initiatives have been undertaken. Since September 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has collected and destroyed an estimated 4,025 tons of expired or unneeded medications through their National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative aims to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and trafficking of medications. But it didn’t start there. In 2009, plans were underway by the Coalition for Healthy Communities’ Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force for a coordinated Take Back event in Middlesex County. As a result of that planning, the DEA expanded the reach and sponsored the first statewide collection effort in New Jersey in November 2009. Since...
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