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Join Us for the Human Trafficking Community Forum Part III

Join Us for the Human Trafficking Community Forum Part III
Human Trafficking Community Forum Part III: Let’s Make This the END of the ROAD WHEN: Jan 27, 2016 04:30pm - 08:45pm WHERE: Middlesex County Fire Academy CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  
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JAN
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Linda Surks Celebrates 25 Years at NCADD/Wellspring

Linda Surks Celebrates 25 Years at NCADD/Wellspring
By Steve Liga, former CEO & Executive Director Twenty-five years ago, Linda Surks joined the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence through a temp agency as an office manager. When her contract was up, NCADD made one of its wisest investments and hired her outright. Before long, all around the office you could hear, “Linda, Linda, Linda!” Everyone needed her, because she managed the database, coordinated events, edited and laid out the newsletters (on paper!), and - once there was one - she managed the entire computer network. After the tragic death of her son, Linda could have walked away from NCADD and no one would have blamed her. Instead she recommitted herself to the agency like never before and became a nationally recognized speaker on the insidious nature of prescription drug abuse and the need for teens to look out for one another. She founded and then coordinated...
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NOV
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Blackout Wednesday

Blackout Wednesday
Over the past number of years, the night before Thanksgiving has slowly been turning into a huge binge drinking night for the young adult population. This is so much so that the night has even been nicknamed things like “Blackout Wednesday” or “Drinksgiving.” It’s traditionally a night that college kids are back home for the holiday, get together with old friends, and hit the drinking scene hard. It’s also a time when most people get out of work early that Wednesday and then have off the next day for Thanksgiving. With usual festivities not starting until later in the day, it allows time to recover from the partying the night before. Both of these variables make for a very dangerous combination that often leads to a night filled with poor choices. The night before Thanksgiving is really the unofficial start to the heavy drinking and DUI season that usually goes...
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Family Bond and Communication

Family Bond and Communication
By Chynelle Menezes During adolescence, a strong familial bond and good communication can prevent teens from making risky health choices. We compiled a list of tips to help you have easier conversations with your teen about drugs (especially marijuana). Be Prepared . Start in a comfortable setting, preferably a relaxed time during a walk instead of family dinner. Make sure your body language is not closed off with crossed arms. If your teen is sitting, join him/her. Stay on the same level to acknowledge your teen’s maturity. Talking about drugs with an experimenting teen may result in things you don’t want to hear, but that’s ok. You want an honest discussion that establishes a bond of trust and security. Know your Goals . What are you hoping to understand through this conversation? Are you looking deeper at the reasons behind the drug use? Try to prompt deep thinking from your...
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Take the American Medicine Chest Challenge

Take the American Medicine Chest Challenge
The 6th Annual American Medicine Chest Challenge National Day of Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and Safe Disposal will be held on this Saturday, November 14th . The Coalition for Healthy Communities urges families to take the 5-Step Challenge. In New Jersey, we have come long way and so much has been achieved – hundreds of permanent disposal sites have been installed and thousands of tons of prescription drugs have been collected. Yet, we are still in the midst of an epidemic of opiate abuse and the need has continued to expand ever since New Jersey held the first statewide day of disposal in the nation. When we began addressing this issue back in 2009, the answer seemed simple, dispose of the unused medicine in your home and prevent it from being diverted and abused by the young people in your life. Safe disposal opportunities have expanded in New Jersey,...
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Coalition to Hold 12th Annual Young Women's Conference

Coalition to Hold 12th Annual Young Women's Conference
On December 1, 2015, the Coalition for Healthy Communities will hold its 12th annual Young Women’s Conference. The annual event draws participation from high schools throughout Middlesex County. Over 140 young women attend this full day conference, held at The Diocese of Metuchen, The St. John Neumann Conference & Banquet Center in Piscataway, NJ. The conference, titled “My Journey, My Voice: Empowering Young Women,” provides attendees with interactive and educational activities designed to help them gain invaluable knowledge and resources to support them throughout their lifetime. The primary purpose of the Young Women’s Conference is to provide attendees with information and tools they can then bring back to their schools and implement in a variety of ways. A couple of years back, one school’s students presented their campaign “You Are Beautiful” during the conference. “You are Beautiful” is a week-long event to build self-esteem and self-awareness in teen girls at...
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OCT
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Learn More About Human Trafficking

Learn More About Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. Human trafficking is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement. Traffickers look for people who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons. Runaway and homeless youth, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war or conflict, or social discrimination are frequently targeted by traffickers. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital urges you to attend a community forum on this unthinkable issue. Education, outreach and advocacy are key! November 20th, 2015, 8:30a - 2:45p - Human Trafficking Community Forum Part III Middlesex County Fire Academy 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville, NJ The third in the series, the Human...
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Recovery Support Services Needed in Middlesex County

Recovery Support Services Needed in Middlesex County
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – New Jersey put on a phenomenal and educational event to kick-off the beginning of September as National Addiction Recovery Month with a forum examining supports that help stabilize the lives of people who are in recovery from alcohol or other drug problems. National Addiction Recovery Month focuses on the 23 million Americans who are in recovery from addiction and as a result, lead rich, fulfilling lives. Recovery support services which are vital in preventing relapse, and thus stemming the tides of addiction, include job training and referrals, education, housing, resume writing, computer skills, as well as fostering a supportive environment. These services are often the missing piece in rehabilitation. The event was on Tuesday September 1st at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville, New Jersey and was attended by approximately 100 people. There were ten exhibitor tables, all highlighting work...
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Time To Clean Up

Time To Clean Up
If your medicine cabinet has drugs that are expired or no longer needed, it’s time to clean up. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 10th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Municipalities across the nation will provide their residents with another opportunity to prevent prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted drugs. Residents are urged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring their medications for disposal to sites available in their own or nearby municipality. Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Here are some of the reason this event is held annually: Every day, about 2500 teens...
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LETTER: Drinking while pregnant risks health of child

LETTER: Drinking while pregnant risks health of child
By :Barbara May, Chair, N.J. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Task Force Sept. 9 is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day, created to increase our recognition of the risks associated with drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Just one drink of alcohol during pregnancy places the baby at risk of FASD. FASD is a group of conditions that can include physical disabilities, as well as difficulties with behavior and learning. These various conditions are lifelong and irreversible, and can affect a person in different ways, ranging from mild to severe. There is no known type, or amount, of alcohol that is safe to drink at any time during pregnancy. The good news is that FASD is completely preventable. Avoiding alcohol ensures against FASD. We all can raise awareness by sharing the risks associated with FASD with the women in our lives who are of childbearing age. Since pregnancies are sometimes unplanned, it...
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