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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 15, 2019

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U.S. Prosecutors Sue To Stop Nation's First Supervised Injection Site For Opioids After months of threats, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia launched a legal challenge on Wednesday against the nonprofit Safehouse, which is hoping to open what could be the nation's first site where people with opioid addiction can use drugs under medical supervision.. Learn More   Making OxyContin 'Tamper Proof' Helped Spread Hepatitis C An effort to make the opioid painkiller OxyContin harder to abuse drove addicted patients to heroin and caused a dramatic increase in hepatitis C, a new study suggests.. Learn More   Where Marijuana Is Legal, Many Teens Drive While High In states where marijuana is legal, teens smoking pot and then getting behind the wheel of a car is common, a new study finds. Learn More   Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth Recommending that pregnant women not drink alcohol has been called old-fashioned and even patriarchal....
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending February 1, 2019

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Association of Pharmaceutical Industry Marketing of Opioid Products With Mortality From Opioid-Related Overdoses To what extent is pharmaceutical industry marketing of opioids to physicians associated with subsequent mortality from prescription opioid overdoses? Learn More   The FDA is considering drugs to help kids quit vaping The US Food and Drug Administration is considering the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in during a public hearing Friday on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth. Learn More   FDA clears the way to increase access and lower cost of life-saving opioid overdose treatment drug The Food and Drug Administration is clearing the way for drug companies to increase access and lower the cost of a life-saving drug used to treat opioid overdoses. Learn More   Fatal opioid overdoses by state All states in the...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 25, 2019

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Parents with Mental Health Conditions Are 8 Times as Likely as Parents without Mental Health Conditions to Have Contact with Child Protective Services, National Survey Shows Involvement with child protective services (CPS) can have detrimental effects on children and parents alike. This study provided updated information about the prevalence of parenting among individuals with a serious mental illness and established the first contemporaneous and comparative national prevalence estimates of CPS involvement for parents with and without a serious mental illness. Learn More   Drug overdose deaths skyrocket among middle-aged women America's drug crisis is taking a deadly toll on a group you might not expect: middle-aged women. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that drug overdose deaths among females aged 30 to 64 have skyrocketed in recent years. Learn More   Covering Debt to Curb Addiction A National Health Service Corps loan repayment program aims...
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JAN
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending January 11, 2019

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Deaths Level Off—and Even Decline—in Some Opioid Hotspots New Hampshire, Ohio cite efforts with overdose-reversal drug and push against painkiller abuse Learn More   Benzodiazepine Use and Misuse Among Adults in the United States Benzodiazepine use among U.S. adults was higher than previously reported, and misuse accounted for nearly 20% of use overall. Learn More   Amphetamine Use, Abuse and Dependence Claim Lines Increased over 3,000 Percent in 10 Years Anxiety Claim Lines Rose over 200 Percent, FAIR Health Study Shows, Learn More   Opioid-Makers Face Wave of Lawsuits in 2019 The next 12 months might just redefine the way America thinks about and responds to the opioid epidemic that now claims more than 40,000 lives each year. Learn More   NJ Towns Buck Marijuana Legalization As marijuana legalization inches forward in New Jersey, a coalition of mayors, law enforcement, and town councils are working to ensure that dispensaries never open...
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending November 16, 2018

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Please note that our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update will not publish on Friday, November 23rd. On behalf of everyone at Wellspring Center for Prevention, here's wishing each of you a great Thanksgiving. May you and your family and your friends enjoy a wonderful day.   Parents Are Cutting Off Their Opioid-Addicted Kids — and It's the Toughest Decision of Their Lives Kim Humphrey was sitting in a sea of chairs, surrounded by about 40 people he had never met, when the Phoenix police officer finally realized what a train wreck his life was. Learn More   Trump's Policies Are Increasing Teen Stress and Eroding Mental Health For young people across the country, fear of gun violence and stress over racist policies are increasing stress and eroding mental health. Learn More   Chronic pot use may have serious effects on the brain, experts say More research needs to be done...
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The Statistics are Still Scary. But Recovery is Possible

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A week or so ago I received an email that provided some startling statistics. In 2017, we lost over 70,000 individuals to overdoses. There was a three and a half-fold increase in cocaine overdoses since 2010. And opiates were responsible for almost 30,000 deaths. While these numbers are sobering, I also know that there are millions of individuals who are in treatment right now, and millions more who are now in recovery and living full and hectic lives. And that’s where the focus of this month’s column is about. Oftentimes, individuals who experience a mental or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year, millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from families is essential to recovery, so it’s important that family members...
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JUL
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Sleep Matters: The Link Between Sleep and Mental Health

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By Hazel Bridges Medical science has shown that every aspect of our mental and physical health is tied closely to sleep. Restful sleep can strengthen major organs and cardiopulmonary functioning, but it is especially related to brain health. The less sleep you get as you age, the faster the brain ages and shows signs of brain-ventricle enlargement , brain shrinkage and compromised cognitive functioning. Studies have shown that people who suffer from sleep problems are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A lack of sleep can also create long-term problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and depression. Clearly, sleep is key to brain and body health the older you get. Fortunately, there are several sleep strategies that can improve the amount and quality of health you get each night and, in so doing, boost mental health. Stick to a sleep schedule Consistency is a good thing when it comes...
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MAY
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Pathways’ SADD Club Demystifies Mental Health Questions

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor With giant foam dice in one hand and a bucket full of toys in the other, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club crisscrossed the Carteret High School cafeteria throughout all lunch periods challenging students to roll the dice and then answer the questions written on them for a chance to win a prize. The activity was for Mental Health Awareness Month, and so queries ranged from the simple, “What are two healthy ways to cope when you are very upset?” to the more challenging “Myth or Fact?” questions. Informative table tents were placed on every table for students to review while they waited their turn; these described the Warning Signs of Suicide, Ways to Cope With Negative Feelings, and How to Help a Friend Who is Struggling with MH Issues. When students were stumped by a question, their peers...
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MAY
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Allow Me a Word about May Being Mental Health Month

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When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concerns, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. Yet, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month—Risky Business—is a call to educate ourselves and others about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves. Activities like compulsive sex, recreational drug use, obsessive internet use, excessive spending, or disordered exercise patterns can all be behaviors that can disrupt someone’s mental health and potentially lead them down a path towards crisis. May is Mental Health...
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Wellspring Participates in South Brunswick Mental Health and Wellness Fair

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By Melisa Damcevska On April 6, 2018, South Brunswick high school’s 3,000 students were treated to a school-wide Mental Health and Wellness Fair, placing a much-needed emphasis on mental health, substance use, nutrition, and overall wellness. Support services and agencies from all over New Jersey were represented; students were able to participate in trivia games to show their knowledge, ride a bike in order to power a blender to blend their own smoothies, as well as receive information and resources about where to get help if they themselves or someone they know needs it. To entice students to speak directly to vendors and visit tables, students who visited four tables or more were entered in a raffle for a chance to win various prizes. Wellspring Center for Prevention provided a table with information about underage drinking, vaping and e-cigarettes, marijuana and other drugs, as well as providing resources for mental health....
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