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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 are...
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JUN
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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 addiction...
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JUN
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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 the...
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JUN
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14th Annual Prevention Education Summit

14th Annual Prevention Education Summit
More than 115 professionals from multiple disciplines recently attended the 14th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville. “Pills to Heroin: It’s Happening to Good People” was the title of the 2016 event that was sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Wellspring Center for Prevention, with additional support from the Middlesex County Municipal Alliance Program. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey Master of Ceremonies, Diana Starace from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital began the program by introducing Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey. Prosecutor Carey addressed the audience with encouragement that we are on the right track to get ahead of this epidemic. Collaboration between all sectors of the community, and especially local police departments, is key to saving lives. He commended Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski for supporting the event by providing a mobile...
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JUN
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New Law Requires Prescribers and Pharmacies to Give Notice about Rx Drop-Off Options

New Law Requires Prescribers and Pharmacies to Give Notice about Rx Drop-Off Options
We wonder how many New Jersey residents are aware that effective January 1, 2016 a new law went into effect. And it is one of the best things to have happen in the Garden State lately. Under the new law, pharmacies, doctors and advanced practice nurses must make patients aware of the “Project Medicine Drop” program. The program provides for secure collection and safe disposal of unused and expired prescription drugs and household medications. In fact, all pharmacies and prescribers are required to give patients a Division of Consumer Affairs notice with available drug take-back programs and suggestions for the safe disposal of unused drugs. The Coalition for Healthy Communities in Middlesex County NJ has been at the forefront of efforts to stop the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Plans were underway for a countywide take-back day in 2009 when the DEA New Jersey Division turned it into a statewide...
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JUN
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Countdown to Recovery Month

Countdown to Recovery Month
Alright everyone, the countdown is on…less than 3 more months till National Recovery Month! The time in now to start planning your events, start getting the word out, and make this the best Recovery Month yet! How does one start? Where do you begin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered…check out all the information below: First you need all your resources and some tips on what to do. Click to find all of that in the “ Recovery Month Toolkit ”. This kit is broken down into multiple sections for your convenience. You have information on the best ways to reach out to the media under “Media Outreach.” The section called “Join the Voices on Recovery” focuses on encouragement through other people’s triumphant stories of recovery. There are sections addressing specific communities such as Military, LGBTQ, and Trauma Survivors. The toolkit provides information on the caregiver’s side of the coin by...
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JUN
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Do You Know About Benzos?

Do You Know About Benzos?
The New York City Health Department just released new guidelines on prescribing Benzodiazepines that you should know about. It is not new news that prescription drug abuse is a rising epidemic in our communities. But let’s talk about where it all starts…the first prescription. Benzodiazepines (often called Benzos) are one of the more frequent drugs prescribed for issues such as insomnia and anxiety. Such commonly known Benzos are Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan. You may have heard of them before, but did you know that if used in combination with opioids (Rx painkillers), alcohol, or another central nervous system depressants, it could be a fatal? Yup it’s true! In 2014, there were 301 benzodiazepine-involved overdose deaths in NYC. Out of those deaths, 42% also involved alcohol, 53% of Opioid overdose deaths involved Benzodiazepines, and 41% of Heroin-involved overdose deaths also came up positive for Benzos. Benzodiazepines should never be the first line...
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JUN
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Have a Safe Summer

Have a Safe Summer
As parents, we want the best for our kids and the summer time is a prime time to create those amazing summer fun memories together, but it’s also a time to take some precautions while doing it. Let’s take a quick look at some fundamental summer tips for a safe, healthy, and happy summer. Heat Exhaustion - This happens way too easily and often for any parent’s liking. Look out for symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and confusion. If this happens to your child, get him/her in a cool place right away and give plenty of fluids. If symptoms persist, follow up with pediatrician. Keep the Water Coming – On that same page, make sure to have your child drinks plenty of fluids during the course of an active summer day. A child should generally drink 4-10oz every 15-20 minutes when out playing. Break Out the Sunscreen – A child’s skin...
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14th Annual Prevention Education Summit Announced

14th Annual Prevention Education Summit Announced
The 14th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit, entitled “Pills to Heroin: It’s Happening to Good People”, will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville, NJ. The Summit will feature opening remarks by Andrew Carey, Middlesex County Prosecutor. Four workshops have been scheduled including an overview of the heroin issue, presented by Douglas S. Collier of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs. Dr. Samantha Berman of the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Emergency Medicine will provide a presentation on the Heroin and Prescription Drug problem from the perspective of Physicians/Prescribers. Luigi Brunetti of the Rutgers University School of Pharmacy will discuss the same issue from the perspective of pharmacists. The final workshop will present individuals who have been affected by the current substance use epidemic and, the event will conclude with a presentation by a special...
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MAY
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Sexual Violence and Substance Abuse - The Unspoken Truth

Sexual Violence and Substance Abuse - The Unspoken Truth
Did you ever think about the strong connection between sexual violence and substance abuse? First let’s define sexual violence, because most assume it is just something that occurs in the physical form. But in truth, sexual violence is anything, either physically or verbally, that breaks another person’s trust and/or safety in a sexual manor. This can include such acts as rape, incest, sexual harassment, exposure, etc. Substance abuse often exasperates these negative acts by lowering the inhibition of both the perpetrator and/or the victim. It can also be used as an excuse for this horrendous behavior, often making it difficult for a victim to problem-solve a way out of such a dangerous situation. Were you aware of just how prevalent this connection is? Most are not, because it’s not a very comfortable topic to discuss, but the truth is that: Each year about 37 percent of rapes and sexual assaults involve...
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