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An Outbreak of Opioids

An Outbreak of Opioids
By Chynelle Menezes Heroin use and addiction have long been a national crisis, but now it’s at your doorstep. Heroin overdose is a far greater cause of death than homicide, suicide, car accidents, and AIDS in New Jersey. In 2013, the country faced 2.6 heroin-related deaths per 100,000 people, but New Jersey faced 8.3 deaths per 100,000 people – over triple the national average. Just last year there were almost 800 heroin-related deaths in New Jersey. The problem may be attributed to increased prescription drug use and abuse in New Jersey. Opiate/opioid painkillers are turning out to be the gateway drug to heroin, with prescription drug users being 40 times more likely to use heroin. Right now, heroin is at its purest (though often laced with other dangerous substances, like fentanyl) and five or six times cheaper than prescription drugs. Heroin use has increased among every demographic group, even people...
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13th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit

13th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE More than 120 professionals from multiple disciplines recently attended the 13th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville.  “Addressing the Prescription Drug & Heroin Problem” was the focus of the 2015 event that was sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, NCADD of Middlesex County, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Keynote speaker Freeholder H. James Polos addressed the audience with passion, reporting the steps Middlesex County has taken to get ahead of this rapidly growing epidemic.   He challenged those in attendance to get involved and help to educate the public from all sectors. Four educational workshops followed on related topics.  Special Agent Timothy McMahon of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) presented the first workshop, “Scope of the Problem”.  Agent McMahon provided an overview of the progression from prescription drug abuse...
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JUN
09
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One Phone Call. One Life Saved.

One Phone Call. One Life Saved.
Communities in Middlesex County are adopting the Coalition’s “One Phone Call, One Life Saved” campaign to educate the public about the life-saving laws that exist in New Jersey.  The South Brunswick Municipal Alliance has recently incorporate the message on two billboards in the township, encouraging individuals who witness an alcohol or drug overdose to call 911. It is critical that the public, especially teens, know that alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses are serious medical emergencies  and should be treated as such.  This is not the time to hesitate to call for help for fear of getting in trouble. Young people are exempt from prosecution if they call 911 for help, stay with the victim, and provide required information to the authorities responding to the incident.  However, this law will only save lives if young people know it exists. How do you recognize alcohol poisoning? The common symptoms are mental confusion,...
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MAY
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Coalition member Families Against Addiction offers special drug awareness program in Old Bridge

Coalition member Families Against Addiction offers special drug awareness program in Old Bridge
Join us May 26, 2015 from 7 to 9 pm at the Old Bridge Library (located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza in Old Bridge) for a special presentation by Steered Straight . Steered Straight is committed to providing real-life, motivational messages about substance use and abuse, gang involvement, and bullying. Essentially, the Steered Straight message is simple: The choices we make have a profound impact on the rest of our lives. For better or worse, every decision has a consequence. Steered Straight's presenters are ex-offenders who all deliver a positive and powerful message of taking responsibility for both choices made and the eventual consequences of those choices. Kids walk away with a message they will never forget:"You Get Out of Life No More Than and No Less Than, What You Put Into It".  
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National Prevention Week - May 17 - 23, 2015

National Prevention Week - May 17 - 23, 2015
National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the campaign brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, and communities together to educate the public about the importance of preventing substance abuse and mental disorders before they occur. National Prevention Week takes place May 17-23, 2015.  Near the start of summer, this is an ideal time for communities to come together and rally around prevention.  Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events, and outdoor activities. National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. The percentages of marijuana, cigarette, and alcohol initiates among youth increase...
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DEC
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Big Changes for the Coalition in 2014

Big Changes for the Coalition in 2014
The Coalition for Healthy Communities seeks to reduce substance abuse, especially among youth, by working to develop, implement and promote environmental strategies and coordinating and sharing resources to maximize the quality and availability of services to communities in Middlesex County. To do this work effectively, the coalition has several Task Forces in place that are focused on specific priorities of the coalition, such as underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and youth issues.   Members had the option of joining one of these Task Forces in addition to being a general member. Starting this year, we took the Task Force idea to a new and more productive level. Not only did we revamp existing Task Forces and add two new ones, but we made them the core of the Coalition. Members join a Task Force of their interest and through that process become members of the larger coalition, resulting in more active...
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OCT
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4th Annual Creative Expression Contest Winners Announced

4th Annual Creative Expression Contest Winners Announced
The Coalition for Healthy Communities announced the winners of the fourth annual "Be Smart About Medicine" Creative Expression Contest at a special awards dinner held on January 8, 2014 at Middlesex County College. To help 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, the Coalition for Healthy Communities invited students in grades six through eight from across Middlesex County to submit an entry to the fourth annual "Be Smart About Medicine" Creative Expression Contest. Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third place winners in each grade (6-8), with a $100 gift card presented to the first place winner, $50 card for second place, and $25 for third place. Winners included: 6th grade: • 1st place - Mateo Aguilar of Lincoln Middle School • 2nd place - Irene Perez of Lincoln Middle School • 3rd...
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OCT
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AMCC Provides Middlesex Co Residents an Opportunity to Safely Dispose of their Unneeded Rx

AMCC Provides Middlesex Co Residents an Opportunity to Safely Dispose of their Unneeded Rx
Middlesex County residents will have more opportunities to safeguard their homes from prescription drug abuse at a permanent American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) disposal box. With the support and collaboration of Actavis, NCADD of Middlesex County, Piscataway Township Municipal Alliance Substance Abuse Task Force and New Jersey Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) – the parent organization of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, recently awarded the Piscataway Police Department with a permanent collection box for the disposal of unused, unwanted, and expired medicine, the 79th permanent collection in the state of New Jersey. The box will be located at the Piscataway Police Department at 555 Sidney Road, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854. According to AMCC Chief Executive Officer and PDFNJ Angelo M. Valente, "the goal of this community based public health initiative is to inform families of the importance of disposing excess...
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OCT
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National Medicine Take Back Returns to Middlesex County September 27th!

National Medicine Take Back Returns to  Middlesex County September 27th!
Middlesex County municipalities, Sheriff's Department, and Rutgers University will again participate in event designed to dispose of unused medication On Saturday September 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Middlesex County municipalities along with Rutgers University will provide 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. County residents are urged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring their medications for disposal to sites available in their own municipality. A link to locate a collection site near you is now posted on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website at http://www.dea.gov. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Each day in the U.S., nearly 7,000 people abuse or misuse a prescription drug for the first time, while approximately 2,500 of them are youth between the ages of 12 and 17. Prescription medication abuse continues...
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OCT
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Coalition Implements 911/Good Samaritan Campaign Throughout County

Coalition Implements 911/Good Samaritan Campaign Throughout County
911/Good Samaritan laws are life-saving measures that enable people to make responsible decisions by shielding them from punishment when they call for medical help during an emergency relating to alcohol or other drugs overdose. Since the threat of punitive policies can often cause hesitation during confusing and stressful party situations, the existence of a 911/Good Samaritan Policy is essential to ensuring that people are able to stay alive and receive help when they are in trouble. Looking for treatment referrals, click here to access NCADD's Information & Referral portal. The Middlesex County Coalition for Healthy Communities (CHC) recently launched a new campaign designed to raise awareness among Middlesex County's youth about a potentially life-saving issue. The 911/Good Samaritan laws in New Jersey encourages young people to call 911 for help, if they are witness to an alcohol or drug overdose situation. These laws indicate that young people are exempt from...
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