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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 7, 2018

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Neuroscientist thinks one way to fight opioid addiction is to tackle loneliness Feeling lonely? Social isolation isn’t just bad for your mood — it can be bad for your health, too. And in a TEDxMidAtlantic talk, Rachel Wurzman says it contributes to opioid addiction — fueling drug use, relapses and overdoses. Learn More   This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction New research conducted in mice identifies a neural pathway crucial to both depression and addiction. Can we treat these problems by simply manipulating this pathway?. Learn More   Gender Differences in Addiction: Clinical Implications Dependence on or harmful use of alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs is generally higher in men. Learn More   Former opioid addict turned Harvard doctor blames faith-based rehab centers for skipping scientific research as they push for abstinence Three-quarters of addiction treatment centers in the US follow the 12-step model, inspired...
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SEP
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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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MAY
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending May 25, 2018

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Young people are choosing marijuana before cigarettes and alcohol New research shows that the percentage of 12- to 21-year-olds who start using marijuana before other substances has increased significantly over the past decade. Learn More   Methadone Appears Safe and Effective in Treating Fentanyl Addiction Methadone appears safe and effective in treating people who use fentanyl, suggests a study presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Learn More   The Drug-Intoxication Epidemic and Solid-Organ Transplantation The drug-abuse epidemic in the United States has led to an increased number of organ donors dying from drug intoxication. Learn More   What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos? The tall, gangly man twists a cone of paper in his hands as stories from nearly 30 years of addiction pour out: the robbery that landed him in prison at 17; never getting his GED; going through the...
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APR
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It’s Time Again to Clean-Out Your Medicine Cabinet

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On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. many local agencies will team-up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to give the public its 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information about this event and to find locations where to drop off your unused medicines, click here . Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home...
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JAN
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Be Smart about Medicine Display Makes the Rounds

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By Jenna Bonstein, Preventionist I We are excited to launch our Be Smart about Medicine contest in Middlesex County middle schools again this year. This effort is designed for students to educate and spread awareness of the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs (Rx). The artwork is relatable to middle school teens since it is designed by peers at their age level to explain the risk factors for abusing prescription and OTC drugs. Be Smart about Medicine is a creative expression contest that middle school students engage in spreading an educational message to the public about the dangers of RX and OTC drugs. Prescription and OTC drugs can be very potent strong and can have a dramatic effect on the way the body works. This is especially true of drugs are not taken as directed. Of special interest is that fact that teen prescription drug abuse can result in...
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NOV
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DEA Collects Record Number of Unused Pills as Part of Its 14th Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Americans nationwide did their part to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing the DEA and its more than 4,200 local and tribal law enforcement partners a record-setting 912,305 pounds—456 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal at more than 5,300 collection sites. That is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event.This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons. Now in its 8th year, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens. The DEA action comes just days after President Donald J. Trump announced the mobilization of his entire Administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by directing the...
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AUG
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Chemically Dependent? You Need to Find Out

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This article is reprinted with permission of Carrier Clinic. Individuals who are physically and mentally dependent on alcohol and/or illicit or prescription drugs are usually unaware that they have a problem or are in denial about it—despite the damage it does to their health, relationships, career, and other facets of their life. If you think that someone you care about may be “chemically dependent,” you should be prepared to get involved. Recovery from addiction is much more successful and sustained when the affected individual has friends and/ or family to provide support, guidance, and encouragement. It takes patience, determination and the ability to set limits to help someone recover from and maintain control over addiction. In addition to the person suffering from an addiction illness, it is also important that families have the education they need, so they too can begin to immerse themselves in the process of change. Chemical...
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MAY
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Middlesex County Sheds Eight-Ton Elephant from the County

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In the throes of a serious national overdose epidemic, agencies across the country are fighting back with solutions. To reduce the availability of excess prescription medications within our communities, many initiatives have been undertaken. Since September 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has collected and destroyed an estimated 4,025 tons of expired or unneeded medications through their National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative aims to provide a safe, secure, and environmentally responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and trafficking of medications. But it didn’t start there. In 2009, plans were underway by the Coalition for Healthy Communities’ Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force for a coordinated Take Back event in Middlesex County. As a result of that planning, the DEA expanded the reach and sponsored the first statewide collection effort in New Jersey in November 2009. Since...
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APR
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Time to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

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It’s spring cleaning time! As you’re working hard to get your home decluttered, organized, spotless and sparkling, be sure to include the clearing out of old, unused or unwanted medicines – it’s a vitally important task. Families are continuing to be devastated and destroyed as children end up in the emergency room, become addicted, suffer physical pain and emotional turmoil, and some lose their lives altogether - all in the name of prescription drug abuse. Medicine abuse among youth continues to trend at an alarming rate and for what? According to youth, they use to get high, treat pain, sleep, stay awake, fit in or do better in school. And the majority say they can get these drugs easily and for free, from unknowing, unsuspecting family members and friends through unlocked medicine cabinets. The most commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three categories: Painkillers, Depressants and Stimulants. Because so much...
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MAR
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 31

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending March 31
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. Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines In Teen Opioid Use In the midst of an opioid epidemic that continues...
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