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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...
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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...
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JUN
16
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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...
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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...
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JUN
02
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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...
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MAY
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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...
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MAY
10
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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...
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6th Annual "Be Smart About Medicine" Winners Announced

6th Annual "Be Smart About Medicine" Winners Announced
The Coalition for Healthy Communities announced the winners of the sixth annual "Be Smart About Medicine" Creative Expression Contest at a special awards dinner held on April 13, 2016 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 sixth annual "Be Smart About Medicine" Creative Expression Contest. From nearly 100 entries, nine were selected as winners. All finalists and their families attended the awards dinner, in addition to some of the schools’ representatives. This was the first time that every school that participated had at least one winner. Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third place winners in each grade (6-8), with...
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MAR
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Dunellen Municipal Alliance to Host Special Town Hall Meeting On Underage Drinking

Dunellen Municipal Alliance to Host Special Town Hall Meeting On Underage Drinking
Underage drinking is a risky behavior that is attractive to many teenagers. When young people try alcohol, they often don’t realize the harmful effects drinking can have on their own lives, their families, and their communities. The event is scheduled for Monday, April 11th at 6:00 pm. The Town Hall meeting will be held at the Dunellen Cinema Café. Fact: In Middlesex County, 11.6% of 8th graders, 19.5% of sophomores, & 33.4% seniors reported drinking in the past 30 days! The town of Dunellen will host a special Town Hall meeting, open to community members in Dunellen and surrounding towns, to discuss the many different issues and problems related to underage drinking. Parents, teachers, local officials, youth and other community members will be educated about the impact that underage drinking has on their community, with the goal of developing a plan to begin to address this issue. Titled “Underage Drinking:...
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JAN
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Creative Expression Contest Entrants Invited

Creative Expression Contest Entrants Invited
Middle school students from across Middlesex County are once again invited to participate in a program designed to increase awareness of prescription and over-the-counter abuse. Entries of the Coalition for Healthy Communities’ annual “Be Smart About Medicine” Creative Expression Contest are due by February 8, 2016 . Prescription drug abuse has become a national epidemic, with an estimated 2,500 teens trying a prescription drug without a prescription for the first time every day. These drugs are readily available in most homes. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly abused substances by Americans age 14 and older, after marijuana and alcohol. According to a recent Monitoring the Future Study results, 18.3 percent of 12th graders have taken a prescription drug in their lifetime; 12.9 percent have taken a prescription drug in the past year; and, almost six percent have done so...
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