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MAY
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South River High School Holds Town Hall Meeting

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Story prepared by Wellspring intern Melisa Damcevska On a recent afternoon, the auditorium of South River High School filled up quickly as first the freshmen and sophomore students, and later on, in a second presentation the juniors and seniors, filed in, unaware of the story they were about to hear. As the students finally settled into their seats, the opening activity was announced – a trivia game about underage drinking. Two students – one from each representing class– were chosen and called up to the front of the auditorium for a chance to answer a question and win a prize. The four students, two seniors and two sophomores, who worked hard with the South River SUDS (Stopping Underage by Students) group walked the aisles and were in charge of choosing which students would be called to the front. The fire of competition quickly blazed as the students vied for a...
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Be Smart About Medicine Winners Announced

Be Smart About Medicine Winners Announced
The Coalition for Healthy Communities announced the winners of the seventh annual "Be Smart About Medicine" Creative Expression Contest at a special awards dinner held on April 26, 2017 at the Clinical Academic Building of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The program aims to promote awareness about prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse among middle school students and encourage them to "Be Smart" about prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Students in grades six through eight from across Middlesex County were invited to submit an entry to the seventh annual "Be Smart About Medicine" Creative Expression Contest. From more than 125 entries, nine were selected as winners. A record number of schools participated this year, totaling fourteen. They included two private schools, Perth Amboy Catholic School and Wardlaw-Hartridge School; and public schools from Carteret, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Edison, Highland Park, Piscataway, Sayreville, South Brunswick, Spotswood, and Woodbridge school districts. All finalists and their...
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15th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit Coming June 9th

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Event’s theme is “Roads to Recovery” The 15th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017. This year’s event, titled “Roads to Recovery”, will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville, NJ. The Summit will feature welcoming remarks by Andrew Carey, Middlesex County Prosecutor who will also provide a “State of the County” presentation. Four workshops have been scheduled including a presentation on “Journey from Narcan to Recovery” a discussion covering the opioid epidemic. A panel discussion will also cover an exploration of the “Local Responses”. One of two afternoon workshops will feature a “Supporting Recovery” panel, and conclude with a workshop presentation of personal perspectives. The conference is designed for nurses, parents, coaches, health educators, municipal officials, emergency services, municipal alliances, treatment providers, prevention specialists, school administrators, student assistance counselors, and law enforcement professionals. Attendees can receive...
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Time to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

Time to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet
It’s spring cleaning time! As you’re working hard to get your home decluttered, organized, spotless and sparkling, be sure to include the clearing out of old, unused or unwanted medicines – it’s a vitally important task. Families are continuing to be devastated and destroyed as children end up in the emergency room, become addicted, suffer physical pain and emotional turmoil, and some lose their lives altogether - all in the name of prescription drug abuse. Medicine abuse among youth continues to trend at an alarming rate and for what? According to youth, they use to get high, treat pain, sleep, stay awake, fit in or do better in school. And the majority say they can get these drugs easily and for free, from unknowing, unsuspecting family members and friends through unlocked medicine cabinets. The most commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three categories: Painkillers, Depressants and Stimulants. Because so much...
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FEB
07
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Heroin Safe Sites May be Coming to a Town Near You

Heroin Safe Sites May be Coming to a Town Near You
Much like the rest of the nation, Seattle Washington is in the depth of a heroin epidemic too. As of 2015, opioid-related deaths now top car crash deaths in America with a whopping 33,000 people dying from opioid overdoses that year. This is a public health emergency and leaders in this fight are trying to look outside the box for different ways to get a hold of this devastating epidemic. Last week, officials in Seattle approved the country’s first “safe-injection” sites for users of heroin and other illegal drugs. This has long been a mode of treatment to decrease overdoses in Europe, with about 90 “safe sites” erected world-wide and now the USA is looking to see if it may be a fit for us as well. The facility would provide clean needles, medical supervision, access to drugs that reverse the effects of an overdose such as Naloxone, and basic...
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JAN
12
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Do You Know the Facts?

Do You Know the Facts?
January 23rd-29th is National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week , a yearly event that brings attention to all the myths and hearsay out there regarding substance abuse that teens often learn. Shed light on the truth of this serious matter and get involved this year in spreading the word. You can always have a school assembly or hand out information on the subject, which are all great and important ways of getting the real facts out there, but if you are looking for something a little more out of the box, check out these ideas: Get creative and have your school host a songwriting competition. Use all that talent your students have by having a song battle surround around the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Hold a poster contest in your school. Ask students to create a poster representing one statistic that really stood out to them about substance...
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DEC
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Sticker Shock Event Held in Dunellen

Sticker Shock Event Held in Dunellen
Middlesex County has been working hard in many of its towns for many years to bring the Sticker Shock Campaign into liquor stores near you. If you have not seen or heard of it yet, Sticker Shock is a youth-driven community-based movement that helps bring awareness about underage drinking. So many people perceive youth drinking as no big deal, a “rite of passage.” But the truth of the matter is that alcohol remains the drug most abused by adolescents, putting them at risk for so many dangerous issues now and alcohol problems down the road. We cannot be naive to the fact that teens know how to get alcohol. They are getting it from friends, siblings, liquor cabinets at home, local liquor stores, etc. In fact, almost ninety percent of kids say it is easy to get their hands on alcohol. This is where the Sticker Shock Project comes in...
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NOV
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The Marijuana Vote

The Marijuana Vote
This past Election Day not only ushered in a new president for our country, it also moved forward on other hot topics; one of the biggest being that of marijuana legalization. On November 8th California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana. Arizona voted on this issue, but was the only state not to pass. The states that did just recently pass will now join the likes of Colorado, Oregano, Alaska, Washington, and the District of Columbia who legalized the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana over the last few years. On the medical marijuana front, Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas voted yes to medical marijuana initiatives; and Montana voted to loosen up on current medical marijuana laws. All of these newly legalized states will keep similar restrictions as alcohol in which legalization will be limited to those 21 and older and not be allowed in most open public...
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NOV
04
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National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month
On October 31st President Barack Obama officially proclaimed this November as National Family Caregivers Month. This is a particularly close topic to our president’s office given some of his main initiatives in Health Care as well as the First Lady’s initiative called Joining Forces, which focuses on getting soldiers the resources they need when they return home from war. To read the full version of President Obama’s Proclamation, click here and check it out . Being a caregiver is such a general term and many can fall under this umbrella, whether caring for a family member, friend, neighbor, working in an agency, institution, etc. You can be a caregiver for the elderly, the sick, veterans, those struggling with addiction or mental illness, the list goes on. In fact at one point in our lives we all will either be the caregiver and/or be in need of one in some capacity....
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OCT
06
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Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day

Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day
On October 6, 2016, Knock Out Opiate Abuse Day, more than 200 volunteers from across New Jersey will take to the streets and physician and dentist offices to raise awareness about the epidemic of opiate abuse that is impacting our state and to raise awareness about the link between prescribed opiates and the heroin abuse rates in New Jersey. The statewide single-day initiative will mobilize families, the prevention and treatment communities, community leaders, and concerned citizens to raise awareness of the potential for dependency on prescribed pain medicine and its link to heroin abuse rates in our state. The mobilization will have a dual focus: educating physicians and raising awareness among New Jersey citizens and families. Engaging Physicians Teams of volunteers across the state will visit physician and dental offices in their community. Volunteers will be equipped with information, including a “door knocker” PSA and a copy of the CDC...
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