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Celebrating 38 Years of History and Community Impact

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As you read this, our agency is turning 38 years old. And if I may so say, we look marvelous! Here’s a little historical perspective. We were incorporated in February, 1980 as the Middlesex Council on Alcoholism to provide an information/referral helpline and introduced Mr. Chugs, an alcohol prevention program for elementary school. Housed at Middlesex General Hospital (now Robert Wood Johnson Hospital,) our Middlesex county branch began operations without funds, but with a dedicated group of volunteers. The activities of the agency time included training; events in school settings; seminars at Perth Amboy General, Middlesex General, and South Amboy Memorial Hospitals; programs for numerous community groups; in-service training for various county agencies; co-sponsorship of the first statewide conference on Alcohol Problems and the Criminal Justice System; and a countywide seminar on alcoholism for the clergy. Services continued until funding became scarce and in 1977, the Council was forced to...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 3, 2017

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Alcohol Industry Targets Pot with Constellation-Canopy Deal Alcohol giant Constellation Brands Inc. is making a foray into marijuana, a precedent-setting move for an industry that has mostly stayed on the sidelines during the cannabis boom. Learn More   There are medications that can treat alcoholism, but doctors rarely use them Excessive alcohol use is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States. Some 88,000 Americans died of alcohol-related causes every year between 2006 and 2010, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn More Fast-food chains like Taco Bell, Chipotle and Shake Shack use alcohol to attract crowds Apparently, the fast-food industry needs a stiff drink. An increasing number of chain restaurants, such as Taco Bell and Chipotle Mexican Grill, are serving alcohol to lure in new customers who might otherwise go elsewhere to get beer, wine or cocktails. Learn More  ...
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MAR
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April 2017 Marks 31st Alcohol Awareness Month

April 2017 Marks 31st Alcohol Awareness Month
Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and affiliates like Wellspring Center for Prevention have celebrated Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. With this year’s theme, “ Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery ,” the month of April will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. Alcohol and drug use by young people is extremely dangerous and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors, even for those who may never develop a dependence or addiction. Adolescence is a...
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MAR
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 10

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 10
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. Naltrexone: Cure for Alcoholism? I have never been delusional enough to think that there is any “miracle cure” or...
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FEB
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 10

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 10
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. UT to lead $29 million series of studies on alcoholism and the brain The University of Texas will lead...
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FEB
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 3

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 3
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. California’s Bold New Steps For Treating Drug And Alcohol Use Through Medicaid: Lessons Learned In late 2016, the US...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 26

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 26
Note: The Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish next Friday. We will resume publication on Friday, September 9th. Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 12

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 12
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. Drink-seeking rats provide sobering look into genetics of alcoholism Alcohol-craving rats have provided researchers with a detailed look into...
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JUL
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 15

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 15
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to Wellspring by a variety of sources. Wellspring staff assembles this information and is pleased to provide it to you. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The content of this email does not represent the official views or policies of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The content has been collected from a variety of sources and is provided for informational purposes only. The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Wellspring of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. If you do not wish to receive this email in the future, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask to be unsubscribed. Activation of D2 neurons may help decrease alcohol consumption, research shows By activating particular neurons, we may be able...
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SEP
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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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