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DEC
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On Opioid Addiction & Women

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During a recent event hosted by the American Association of University Women several experts spoke on how the opioid epidemic is impacting Erie County and particularly, women. Dr. Sarah Abdelsayed is a faculty member in the University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine who is board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine, and there is one thing she wants people to know: that addiction — whether it affects men or women — is not a character flaw. “It’s a disease, so it’s not a moral issue,” said Abdelsayed, whose list of accomplishments and specialities is lengthy, having completed engineering school, medical school and a family medicine residency at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, before coming to Buffalo for the UB Addiction Medicine Fellowship in 2015. According to Abdelsayed, the disease of addiction attacks the center of the brain associated with decision-making, and treatment for such a disease must...
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When Help Is Needed. Do Something.

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Among the many services and programs we provide at Wellspring center for Prevention is a Referral and Information helpline. Someone seeking help for themselves or a family member can call the helpline (732-254-3344) any time between 8am and 9am and a staff member will provide assistance. We also provide an online helpline at www.helptool.org . I am telling you this because recently I picked up a help call from a mother living in New Brunswick. She was upset because her husband’s drinking was getting out of control and was causing a major upheaval in the family. I provided her with referrals and information and hung up hoping that she was able to use the information to get her husband and her family the assistance they needed. But it made me realize that many of you might not be aware of an existing, and not-so-hidden problem. We all are aware that...
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JUL
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The Role of Grandparents in Prevention

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By Jackie Kimelman, Wellspring intern Grandparents play a noteworthy role in the lives of their grandchildren. The bond between a grandparent and his or her grandchild is special and influential in ways that are significantly unique and dissimilar from the typical parent-child relationship. Because of this, grandparents can sometimes have more of an influence in keeping a kid drug-free or intervening in drug abuse. In addition to having a significant influence, grandparents also already know the family history. They come equipped with knowledge of family issues in the past, so they are aware of whether or not there is an existing genetic predisposition to addiction. Also, as the grandparent, they are aware of any other health complications such as a mental illness or disorder, any past traumas, and the typical behavior and impulsivity of his or her grandchild. Due to this abundance of knowledge, they can keep an eye out...
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NOV
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Being Thankful.

Being Thankful.
When you read this on November 1st, your focus may not be on the end of the month, but rather an event that is just a week away - the impending Election Day. If I can jar that reality for a moment, I would ask that you please look towards the end of the month, more specifically, Thanksgiving Day. I ask you to do that because when you sit around the table with family and friends to celebrate that holiday, which was originally designated to celebrate a good harvest, the meaning sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Yes, we all come together, and enjoy a meal, and we watch football games and the Macy’s Parade, and many of us then count the hours to the next day, Black Friday. But I ask you to look around the room on Thanksgiving Day, and remember to be thankful for the people in...
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NOV
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Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause

Out of the Darkness – Suicide Prevention Walk: Carteret Students Join the Cause
By: Kimberly Hill, MSW Intern and GSA Club Advisor Suicide is reported to be the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds in the country Everyday there is an average of 4800 suicide attempts by kids in grades 7-12 100 young lives are lost per week The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is considered one of the leading not-for-profit organizations focused on research, raising awareness and preventing suicide. Although society may stigmatize mental illness and suicidality, those who work together in order to advocate and support others can have a huge impact. In order to spread awareness of the prevalence and risk of suicide, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention hosts annual Out of the Darkness walks to shed light on this epidemic. On October 2, 2016, 27 PALS and SADD club members from Carteret High School joined parents, friends and family in solidarity to unite against suicide....
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OCT
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DEA and Discovery Education will officially start “Operation Prevention” on October 25th

DEA and Discovery Education will officially start “Operation Prevention” on October 25th
Drug overdose is the number one cause of accidental deaths nationwide and opioid use was linked to more than 60% of drug overdoses. The DEA and Discovery Education have partnered to help students understand the latest research underlying this nationwide epidemic. Operation Prevention is a new multi-prong education program on prescription opioids and heroin that DEA is launching with Discovery Education and the DEA Educational Foundation over the next three school years. The first piece of this program is a free live virtual field trip taking place on Tuesday, October 25th at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT. The DEA Operation Prevention Virtual Field Trip will explore the science of addiction to help students understand how prescription drugs and heroin affect the brain, how teenage brains are uniquely affected, and how addiction is a disease that affects both the brain and behavior. This powerful forum will give attendees the unfiltered facts...
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JUN
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14th Annual Prevention Education Summit

14th Annual Prevention Education Summit
More than 115 professionals from multiple disciplines recently attended the 14th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville. “Pills to Heroin: It’s Happening to Good People” was the title of the 2016 event that was sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Wellspring Center for Prevention, with additional support from the Middlesex County Municipal Alliance Program. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey Master of Ceremonies, Diana Starace from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital began the program by introducing Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey. Prosecutor Carey addressed the audience with encouragement that we are on the right track to get ahead of this epidemic. Collaboration between all sectors of the community, and especially local police departments, is key to saving lives. He commended Sayreville Police Chief John Zebrowski for supporting the event by providing a...
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MAY
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Lunchtime Game Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Facts and Signs of Suicide

Lunchtime Game Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Facts and Signs of Suicide
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor In what proved to be one of SADD Club’s most successful events of the year, members roamed table to table in the Carteret High School cafeteria with bulging bags of toy prizes and candy, and managed to actively engage at least 500 peers in a quizzing game to educate students about mental health issues. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s a great opportunity to destigmatize mental health issues and bring awareness to signs of suicide risk. A recent CDC report has revealed alarming news about suicide rates: the US rate of suicide has risen to its highest level in three decades. While New Jersey had the lowest suicide rate of among all states for many years, the suicide rate rose by 13% in a recent 2-year period. NJ’s suicide rate rose fastest for girls aged 10 to 14--...
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MAY
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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 3

Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June 3
Our Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update is a compilation of news items provided to NCADD by a variety of sources. NCADD 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. For trans people, family rejection tied to suicide attempts, substance abuse For transgender or gender non-conforming individuals, as rejection...
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MAY
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14th Annual Prevention Education Summit Announced

14th Annual Prevention Education Summit Announced
The 14th Annual Middlesex County Prevention Education Summit, entitled “Pills to Heroin: It’s Happening to Good People”, will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville, NJ. The Summit will feature opening remarks by Andrew Carey, Middlesex County Prosecutor. Four workshops have been scheduled including an overview of the heroin issue, presented by Douglas S. Collier of the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs. Dr. Samantha Berman of the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Emergency Medicine will provide a presentation on the Heroin and Prescription Drug problem from the perspective of Physicians/Prescribers. Luigi Brunetti of the Rutgers University School of Pharmacy will discuss the same issue from the perspective of pharmacists. The final workshop will present individuals who have been affected by the current substance use epidemic and, the event will conclude with a presentation by a...
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