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National Substance Abuse Prevention Month October 2016

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month October 2016
By Diana Starace, RWJ Injury Prevention Coordinator Several years ago President Obama proclaimed October as National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. He called attention to the role that substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. His proclamation acknowledged the role every person - yes, YOU - plays in preventing substance abuse. It was a call to all of us to support a culture where all people can live to their fullest potential. This message hits close to home for those working at a Level 1 Trauma Center where we are called upon to treat the most critically injured patients. Why? Because substance abuse increases your chance of injury. Alcohol and other drugs can affect your judgment, vision, and coordination. It’s no surprise that people who use these substances are more likely to get hurt than people who don't. Even people who use alcohol or other drugs once in...
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Coalition Wins First Place in Banner Contest

Coalition Wins First Place in Banner Contest
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) dedicates September as National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions. This observance promotes the belief that: behavioral health is essential to health; prevention works; treatment is effective; and people recover from mental and/or substance use disorders. To commemorate Recovery Month, the Coalition for Healthy Communities participated in New Jersey’s Recovery Walk on September 17, 2016. The walk was sponsored by Recovery Advocates. The walk included a banner contest for participants based on theme of “no judgment, only hope”. During the September coalition meeting, members of the coalition collaborated to design and create a banner, which won 1st place at the Recovery Walk. Members of the coalition, together with the youth alliance of Perth Amboy, walked and celebrated Recovery on a beautiful afternoon.
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Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week
The first week in October (Oct 2nd – 8th) marks the annual Mental Health Awareness Week. It is such a shame that, still in 2016, there is such a distinct stigma connected to Mental Illness. However, did you know that one in five adults in the US (about 18.5%) experienced some sort of mental illness in the past year? The numbers are even higher for youth. About 21.4% of teens age 13-18 experience a severe mental illness at some point in their childhood and about 13% for children 8-14 years old do so as well. Those are staggering numbers when you think about how many people are in your own lives and how many people you interact with on any given day. You probably didn’t know what a common condition it is, because many go un-diagnosed or hide it due to the labels that are so harshly put on individuals...
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Wellspring Center for Prevention Awarded SAMHSA STOP ACT Grant

Wellspring Center for Prevention Awarded SAMHSA STOP ACT Grant
Grant Efforts Designed to Prevent Underage Drinking in County Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks. The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone— regardless of age or drinking status. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can result from underage drinking. This is not simply a problem for some families—it is a nationwide concern. In response, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the award and funding of new grants designed to prevent underage drinking through the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP ACT) grant program. Wellspring Center for Prevention was notified of the award for the STOP ACT grant program which provides funding for community-based coalitions...
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Older Adults at Risk for Prescription Mismanagement

Older Adults at Risk for Prescription Mismanagement
by Debbie Riscica and Deena Cohen of Central Jersey Family Health Consortium Older adults are at higher risk for medication misuse or abuse, than any other age group. Americans age sixty-five and older make up 13% of the US population. However, they consume 33% of all prescription medication (NIDA, 2014). A daily regimen of many medications can be difficult to manage and mistakes can happen. Certain interactions between medications can compromise physical health and safety, and cognitive functioning. Also, as people age, the liver’s ability to metabolize and filter medications decreases. This causes a higher sensitivity to certain medications and can cause an unintentional overdose. Pain medication such as OxyContin, Percocet and Valium is mostly misused. Medications to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia are significantly misused as well. Examples include Xanax, Ativan, Valium and Klonopin. Older adults who misuse or abuse medication, are at greater risk of becoming addicted....
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National Overdose Awareness Day

National Overdose Awareness Day
Today, August 31st is National Overdose Awareness Day and it’s time for me to reintroduce my son, Jason. For the past twelve-plus years, I have been talking about Jason, introducing him to new groups of youth, parents, school faculty, and others, in an attempt to demonstrate what a drug abuser looks like. Look at this face. This is the face of a young man who, within three weeks of the photo being taken, died of an overdose of prescription drugs that he was abusing. This is also the face of a smart, funny, caring, and loving young man who made a horrible mistake. Not an “oops” kind of mistake, but a permanent one – one that cannot be taken back, no do-overs. So, in spite of the twelve-plus years that I have been talking about Jason, why are so many young people still dying? According to the CDC, in 2014,...
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Time to Remember - Time to Act

Time to Remember - Time to Act
At the end of this month, August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. This is an opportunity to take a moment not only to pay tribute to the tragedy of all the lives lost to overdose, but also a time to make a difference to help put an end to this epidemic. Drug overdose in a worldwide issue with America topping the charts as one of the worst effected countries. The year 2014 was the highest rated year of drug-related overdose deaths on record ever! According to the CDC , in 2014, a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. The vast majority of these overdoses occur using opioids (pain relievers) and at the head of that monster are prescription opioids and heroin, which have quadrupled in related deaths since 1999. So how can you get involved on this day? There are so many ways: You...
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National Night Out

National Night Out
Coming soon to a neighborhood near you…National Night Out! Next Tuesday, August 2nd is when it’s all going down! Never heard of it before? Well you’re in luck, because it’s not too late to join in the fun. National Night Out is all about building communities, neighborhoods, bonds, the relationship between all of that and our law enforcement that works every day to keep us safe. With everything going on in the world today regarding police and the communities they serve, along with the devastating tragedies that have occurred over this divide…this year’s National Night Out seems like the most important one yet. Come on out and support this vital partnership in making an even better environment for all of us to live. Although National Night Out is traditionally celebrated on the first Tuesday of August, there are events going on all throughout the week, all over the country. There...
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Technology Toward Recovery

Technology Toward Recovery
One of the many benefits we have from living in this technological era is that we have so much more help right at our finger tips, right in the palm of our hands where our smartphone’s live. This is even true for the substance abuse recovery population looking for a little something extra to aid in their sobriety. How luck are we that in 2016 we can have so much support, tools, and help with us at all times? Being in recovery is a very rewarding, but difficult journey…why not get all the help you can get? Below are a few apps based in recovery for your smartphone to help you be the best you: Addicaid – This award winning app is one of the most comprehensive and helpful apps out there. A great help that is also free to download. Their mission is to “reduce the social costs of...
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Taking Narcotics for Joint Pain: Dangers and Alternatives

Taking Narcotics for Joint Pain: Dangers and Alternatives
By: Grace McClure, PeerWell and reviewed by Dr. Nima Mehran, MD and Orthopaedic Surgeon We’ve all seen news headlines like “America’s Addiction to Opioids”, “Painkillers Kill” or most recently, “Prince’s Death Was Caused by Opioid Overdose”. Upon reading these headlines or even after diving into the story, it’s hard for many of us to imagine how out-of-control prescription drug use (or should we say, abuse) can happen. Even more specifically, it may seem like a leap to link something like joint pain to a prescription pain medication addiction. Unfortunately, as reported in the media and the public healthcare industry alike, it's not a stretch. Take for instance, the recent untimely death of Prince. Unlike Prince himself, his path toward addiction was unremarkable. Like many people living with joint pain, Prince (allegedly) began taking opioid prescription painkillers to combat his chronic hip pain. For religious reasons, Prince was unwilling to undergo...
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