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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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Dunellen Overdose Awareness Day 2018

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By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I On August 31, thousands of individuals across the country will commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day, a day to remember those we have lost in the fight against addiction, those who are still suffering, those in recovery, and their loved ones. Overdose Awareness Day provides an opportunity to bring light to a public health crisis that is often highly stigmatized by and seen as personal moral failure. In Middlesex County alone, as of January 1, 2018, there have been 125 suspected overdose deaths, 533 Naloxone administrations, and 220, 225 opioid prescriptions dispensed (NJCARES, Office of the Attorney General 2018). Each of these deaths were preventable, and raising awareness and education about the dangers of substance use – particularly opioid and prescription medication – is critical in helping to curb the crisis. International Overdose Awareness Day is observed worldwide and aims to increase this awareness and reduce...
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AUG
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Coalition & Local Communities to Observe International Overdose Awareness Day

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The Middlesex County Coalition for Healthy Communities, in collaboration with Dunellen and South Amboy, will host special Candlelight Vigils and Name Reading Ceremonies in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday, August 31. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Globally, there is an estimated minimum of 190,900 premature deaths caused by drugs (range: 115,900 to 230,100). Opioids account for the majority of drug-related deaths and in most cases such deaths are avoidable. Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Overdose deaths increased in all categories of drugs examined for men and women, people ages 15 and older, all races and ethnicities, and across all...
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Creating a Better Home Environment for Seniors with Mobility Issues

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By Hazel Bridges Limited mobility is a challenge many seniors citizens face. You may have even noticed your own parents struggling with small tasks they used to do easily. The worst part for most people is having to start relying on family members more for everyday activities. But they shouldn’t have to give up their independence entirely in their own homes. There are modifications you can make that can help them regain some control of your life. Recognizing Mobility Issues In order to plan necessary modifications, it is obviously important to thoroughly understand which areas they are struggling with. Make a point when visiting to observe how Mom or Dad gets around the house. Input from the doctor and other health care professionals may give you insight on your parents’ abilities and areas of difficulty. Once you know their difficulties, you can create a plan to help them improve their...
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Wellspring Center for Prevention Named "2018 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT" by GreatNonprofits

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Wellspring Center for Prevention today announced that it has been named a "2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits, the leading reviews organization for charities and nonprofits. Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.) is a non-profit, community-based health organization providing prevention, education, information, and referral services to county residents, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, municipal alliances, and social service agencies since 1980. The agency’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the prevention of addiction-related problems across the lifespan. "We are honored to be named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit," said Wellspring’s Executive Director Ezra Helfand. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year and every year since our inception 38 years ago. We continue to serve tens of thousands of students, educators, parents and other groups through Middlesex County, and beyond.” “Wellspring provides a wide variety of services in several formats to...
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