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Wellspring Holds Kick Butts Day at South Brunswick & Dunellen High Schools

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Written by Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand up and speak out against Big Tobacco. Several years ago, Kick Butts Day was focused on reducing and preventing cigarette use by calling out marketing techniques used by tobacco companies. This year, the focus has shifted to the prevention of e-cigarettes, as Big Tobacco has taken on a new form and method of marketing. Did you know that almost 18% of high school seniors in Middlesex County reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days? Kick Butts Day gives youth the opportunity and power to stand up to Big Tobacco for their own health and wellness. Kick Butts Day 2019 took place on March 20th this year, with over 1,000 schools and communities across the United States and across the world participating. In Middlesex County, Dunellen and South Brunswick High School...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 22, 2019

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Drug policy head confronted about administration's drug crisis strategy In a hearing peppered with statistics and stories of the nation's opioid crisis, a government official told a congressional panel Thursday that the Trump administration’s plan for addressing the country’s drug crisis lacks goals and objectives and a way to measure success. Learn More   Juul is pitching its e-cigarette as an anti-smoking tool to employers and insurers Juul has a new program to pitch its e-cigarette to companies and insurers who want to help their employees stop smoking cigarettes as the company continues to stave off criticism that its product has caused an epidemic in teen smoking. Learn More   Teens Need the Truth About Drugs Decades of scare tactics haven’t worked. What’s effective is clear information about risks and alternative ways to relieve stress.. Learn More   Mobile addiction clinic brings help to those at heart of opioid epidemic Just...
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Perth Amboy and Woodbridge E-Cigarette Presentations

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By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or “vapes” has skyrocketed in the past several years, particularly among adolescents who view the behavior as much safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. The perception held by many is that e-cigarettes cannot be harmful because they contain only water and flavoring, and products can be bought that are labeled “nicotine-free” and “organic”. This perception, along with marketing techniques of the c-cigarette industry, has some arguing that a new generation of smokers is on the rise. Big money tobacco companies have already invested in the up-and-coming e-cigarette companies, like Altria – the maker of Marlboro – investing $12.8 billion in Juul, an e-cigarette company whose net worth is valued at $38 billion and controls 75% of the e-cigarette market. (Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/20/altria-takes-stake-in-juul-a-pivotal-moment-for-the-e-cigarette-maker.html) With flavor options from mango to mint to chocolate to apple juice and cotton candy, to everything in between, the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 8, 2019

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Steep Climb in Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care Doctors The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015, according to a study published Friday. And about half those prescriptions came from primary care physicians. Learn More   One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be more Just under 1% of American teenagers are knowingly using the synthetic drug flakka, according to new research. Learn More   FDA is failing to protect kids from e-cigarettes, American Lung Association says The American Lung Association gives a federal agency and individual state governments poor marks in a new report card evaluating tobacco prevention programs. Learn More   Parents worried about risks, but still think opioids are best for kids’ pain relief Headlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen...
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What You Need to Know and How to Talk to Your Kids about Vaping

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By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or “vapes”, has exploded over the past several years. Introduced into the US marketplace over a decade ago, the use of these devices has skyrocketed, particularly among youth. Vaping, according to a Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids, is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol or vapor from an e-cigarette device. The term “vaping” comes from this vapor that is released, different from the smoke emitted from a traditional cigarette. These devices consist of four main parts: a cartridge to hold the e-liquid, a heating element known as an atomizer, a battery, and a mouthpiece to inhale (Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids). Vaping was originally intended as a less harmful option for adult smokers; however, the craze has quickly been adopted by youth across the country for a variety of reasons. Boredom, curiosity and the urge to experiment, the...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending September 14, 2018

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NIC Fraternities Ban Hard Alcohol in Decisive Action In an important, decisive action to enhance health and safety in fraternity communities, the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) recently adopted a Standard prohibiting hard alcohol from fraternity chapter facilities and events. Learn More   Almost one in 20 U.S. adults now use e-cigarettes Roughly 10.8 million American adults are currently using e-cigarettes, and more than half of them are under 35 years old, a U.S. study suggests. Learn More   We Must Stop Opioid Overprescribing – Now The president of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids on solutions to help combat the opioid crisis. Learn More   Oxycontin Maker Selling Opioid Addiction Drug, Too Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin who some have blamed for the epidemic of opioid painkiller addictions, has patented a medicine aimed at curbing those disorders. Learn More   Most Doctors Are Ill-Equipped to Deal With the Opioid Epidemic....
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending August 10, 2018

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Tech takes on cigarette smoking Researchers develop system that senses smoking movements, sends motivational text messages, videos to help users quit smoking. Learn More   How opioids reshape your brain, and what scientists are learning about addiction None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn't end when you step out of the classroom Learn More   E-Cigarettes Promote Smoking Progression in Youth and Depress Quitting Among Adults E-cigarettes are not an effective tool to reduce combustible-cigarette smoking, two NIDA-supported studies indicate. Learn More   Adolescent Marijuana Use Is Linked to Altered Neural Circuitry and Mood Symptoms In a recent NIDA-supported study, males from low-income backgrounds who used marijuana in escalating frequency throughout their teen years exhibited disrupted connectivity at age 20 in a brain circuit that links rewarding experiences with motivation and mood.. Learn More   Everyone Dealing With Addiction...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending July 20, 2018

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Study shows 'booster' emails can reduce drinking/alcohol-related problems among college students College students entering adulthood often drink too much. Negative consequences can include missed classes, poor grades, a wide array of injuries, and even assault. Learn More   Teens Sneaking Juul E-Cig Into Classrooms Parents, if you want to find out whether your teenagers are "juuling" in school, you might consider checking their Twitter accounts. Learn More   People are using Fitbits and Apple Watches to monitor their heart rate when binging on drugs At a bachelor party two years ago in South Lake Tahoe, California, a tech worker who we'll call Owen glanced down at his Fitbit in between snorting lines of cocaine. Learn More   Bystanders To Fatal Overdoses Increasingly Becoming Criminal Defendants Alexandria Santa Barbara is a 39-year-old mother of three from a working-class suburb of Philadelphia. Learn More   Worse than AIDS: Opioid epidemic is public health...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 8, 2018

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Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive. Learn More   Fentanyl: Time to Open Our Eyes to Today’s Biggest Driver of the Opioid Crisis (Part I) If the recently released “final words” about the investigation of funk, rock, and pop star legend Prince’s death don’t open our eyes to the now leading cause of the opioid crisis, nothing will. Although I’m not sure the words about Prince’s death are final when we don’t know the source of the Vicodin look-alike, fentanyl-containing pills that killed him, it’s time to stop acting like all opioids are equal players in the so-called opioid epidemic. Learn More   Don't Call K2 'Synthetic Marijuana' While the NYPD is considering a...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 9, 2018

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Recent study in Oregon reveals public considers alcohol more harmful than marijuana As the national conversation about marijuana legalization continues, an important question is how changing marijuana policy may influence use of other substances, such as alcohol. Learn More   Drugs, alcohol and suicides contribute to alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row, thanks to a combination of drug and alcohol use and suicides, according to a new report. Learn More Stronger cannabis linked to rise in demand for drug treatment programs Study drawing on data from the Netherlands is the first to show how admissions to treatment centers rise and fall in line with cannabis strength. Learn More   Could ketamine help treat alcohol dependence? Current treatments for alcohol dependence often fail. So researchers are investigating more unusual interventions. Learn More   Why treating addiction with medication...
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