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Playing Jeopardy with Middlesex County Older Adults

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By: Gina-Marie Miraglia Wellspring Center for Prevention offers a wide variety of programs and services appropriate for individuals across the lifespan. One of our unique programs, Senior Jeopardy, is a big hit among older adults throughout Middlesex County. This program serves as an interactive and competitively educational game, just like the show! We offer a variety of topics including; Conflict Resolution, Substance Use and Abuse By Older Adults, Nutrition and Healthy Aging, Safe Prescription and OTC Drug Use, Maintaining a Healthy Mind, Healthy Coping, and Taking Control of Your Health. Recently, Wellspring Center for Prevention Preventionists Gina Miraglia and Melisa Damcevska joined the Old Bridge Senior Center and Old Bridge High School seniors for a fun Conflict Resolution Jeopardy game. The ‘Intergenerational Senior Jeopardy’ games take place a few times a year. During these games, we divided the players into two teams of mixed intergenerational seniors then, the teams compete against...
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JAN
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Prescription Drug Use among Teens on the Decline

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Written by Caroline Capriccio, Wellspring Intern Results published from the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey found a decrease in prescription opioid use among teenagers over the past year. For instance, the MTF found that use of prescription narcotics among 12 th graders decreased from 4.2% in 2017 to 3.4% in 2018. Additionally, past year use of specific prescription narcotics such as OxyContin and Vicodin also decreased among 8 th , 10 th , and 12 th graders, compared with levels five years ago. According to the survey, misuse of some of the more popular prescription opioid medications is at historic lows among teens in school. Past-year misuse of the Rx opioid Vicodin dropped to just 1.7 %, and this reflects a long-term decline from a peak of 10.5% in 2003. The past year misuse of prescription/OTC drugs among 12 th graders in 2018 were: Sedatives/Tranquilizers: 5.0% Adderall®: 4.6% Opioids: 3.4%...
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DEC
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Reducing Risk at Your Holiday Party

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Holiday parties offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends and celebrate community. Yet the ready availability of alcohol during holiday celebrations can be dangerous, contributing to sharp increases in alcohol-related traffic fatalities during the holiday season. If you choose to serve alcohol at your holiday party, here are some tips for keeping your guests safe. Stay safe and happy holidays! Always serve food. Drinking on an empty stomach leads to a more rapid absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. High-protein foods such as cheese and meat can slow this absorption down. Avoid serving salty snacks. These tend to make people thirsty and so drink more than they might otherwise. Provide appealing non-alcoholic alternatives. You’ll be surprised to see how many guests choose an enticing, alcohol-free “mocktail” when they have the option. Also have plenty of jugs of water and/or bottles of seltzer available. Avoid serving alcoholic punch. Punch tend to...
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DEC
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On Opioid Addiction & Women

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During a recent event hosted by the American Association of University Women several experts spoke on how the opioid epidemic is impacting Erie County and particularly, women. Dr. Sarah Abdelsayed is a faculty member in the University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine who is board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine, and there is one thing she wants people to know: that addiction — whether it affects men or women — is not a character flaw. “It’s a disease, so it’s not a moral issue,” said Abdelsayed, whose list of accomplishments and specialities is lengthy, having completed engineering school, medical school and a family medicine residency at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, before coming to Buffalo for the UB Addiction Medicine Fellowship in 2015. According to Abdelsayed, the disease of addiction attacks the center of the brain associated with decision-making, and treatment for such a disease must be...
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NOV
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Don’t Overindulge This Holiday Season—Effects of Alcohol on the Body

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Mulled wine. Spiked egg nog. Hot toddies. Champagne toasts. The list of festive holiday drinks is endless. And so are your opportunities to overdo it. So before the festive season gets into full swing, take a moment to understand what all that alcohol does to your body. After your first alcoholic drink or two (which is moderate drinking, by the way), you start to get that relaxed, sociable feeling. Your heart rate speeds up; you feel animated and may have a happy buzz. But make no mistake; at this point your brain and nerves—which control reflexes and thinking—are already impaired. If you keep drinking, things start to go downhill quickly. Since your hands and feet may not be in sync with your brain and reflexes, your coordination and reaction time may be out of sorts. Lack of mental clarity can also lead to poor judgment and rash decisions. There’s also the...
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NOV
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Opioid crisis: UB researcher hopes to provide clues on women’s shift to heroin

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A growing number of women in the U.S. are turning to heroin after first taking prescription opioid medication. This places them at greater risk for HIV and hepatitis C, and for spending time in the court system. Scientists, however, have little insight into why this is happening. A University at Buffalo researcher, with colleagues from Columbia University and the University of Rochester, has received funding to provide some clues by working with a unique drug treatment court (DTC) in Buffalo. Sarahmona Przybyla, PhD, an assistant professor of community health and health behavior in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, was awarded $30,000 through the University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) for the 10-month project. Przybyla’s co-principal investigator is Diane Morse, MD, an infectious disease physician at the University of Rochester. The script was flipped between the 1960s and early 2000s, according to federal data from the National...
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OCT
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Wellspring Center for Prevention Is Hiring a Clinician I

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Wellspring Center for Prevention is seeking resumes for a Part time Clinician I. To apply, please send cover letter and resume via email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 732-254-4224. Deadline for submission is Thursday, November 15 at 5pm. Thank you! Position Title: Clinician I- Part time Schedule: 10 months, 20 hours per week Reports To : Program Director/Clinical Supervisor General Summary: The Clinician I delivers primary counseling services , facilitates psycho-educational group sessions; provides information and referral services, and carries out special projects as assigned. This clinician position will be primarily providing services to a middle school population; These services include individual mental health, healthy youth development and group counseling as well as providing supportive services and psychoeducational programming within the school setting. This person will be employed 10 months per year, September through June. Essential Job Functions: Delivers primary short term individual, group, and family counseling services Prepares and presents...
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SEP
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Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force Program Is 2018 Tree of Hope Recipient

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Lisa Laitman to be Recognized as Middlesex County Recovery Champion. Wellspring Center for Prevention will be celebrating the 2018 National Recovery Month by dedicating its “Tree of Hope” to Saint Peter’s Hospital Opioid Task Force. The “Tree of Hope” is awarded annually to an organization that promotes recovery from addiction. A ceremony to recognize the program will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 4:30 p.m. outside of Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Emergency Department off Easton Avenue and Park Boulevard in New Brunswick. The public is invited to attend and can register here. The Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force initiative is comprised of members of senior hospital leadership, physicians, nursing, emergency services, and pharmacy operations within Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, in tandem with resource-sharing partnerships with community groups. The task force has identified areas of need and action items including education, community engagement, Non-narcotic alternatives to pain management, and the provisioning...
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SEP
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Piscataway High School Back-to-School Night

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By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The end of summer, the drop of the temperatures, and the start of a new school year also means schools are hosting annual Back-to-School Nights. These are annual events where parents and guardians are given an opportunity to experience the daily steps their children take while at school. Wellspring Center for Prevention hosted a table at Piscataway High School’s Back-to-School Night earlier this month. The staff came armed with information about substance use prevention and mental health promotion. Parents were able to collect valuable information and community resources right at the school. For many parents and youth, high school is a time of transition, growth and self-discovery, as well as a time where the susceptibility to substance use may skyrocket as youth begin to figure out who they are. Having these tools and information is critical to keeping students and parents informed and ultimately, healthy. At...
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SEP
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Overdose Awareness Day 2018 in South Amboy

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By Jenna Lynn Bonstein, Preventionist I In 2018, the number of people dying of an accidental overdose are rising at a rapid rate. In the United States, we lose 174 people a day to an accidental overdose. That is 174 daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, grandsons, granddaughters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends that we have to find a way to mourn and live without every day. This is killing more people than AIDS/HIV epidemic outbreak in the 80’s. “Just say no” didn’t work. The stigma has kept people stuck, sick and not asking for help. We want change, but not just one person can do anything when it comes to a monster this big. We need to come together and fight this battle like an army going to war. On August 30th, South Amboy put on a FEDUP rally and Overdose Awareness event at the South Amboy Middle School that...
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