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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending June, 2018

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Why Are More Women Than Ever Addicted to Alcohol? Despite health warnings 
and greater social awareness, alcohol use disorder has nearly doubled for 
women since 2002. What’s at the bottom of it? Learn More   Social media usage linked to underage drinking Penn Medicine research explores adolescent and young adult social media use and drinking patterns. Learn More   If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime? When Julie Eldred tested positive for fentanyl in 2016, 11 days into her probation for a larceny charge, she was sent to jail. Learn More   A growing number of sober programs support college students recovering from addiction “No one should have to choose between recovery and a college education,” said the director of the biggest college recovery program in the country. Learn More   As fatal overdoses rise, many Americans see drug addiction as a major problem in their community...
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MAY
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South River High School Holds Town Hall Meeting

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Story prepared by Wellspring intern Melisa Damcevska On a recent afternoon, the auditorium of South River High School filled up quickly as first the freshmen and sophomore students, and later on, in a second presentation the juniors and seniors, filed in, unaware of the story they were about to hear. As the students finally settled into their seats, the opening activity was announced – a trivia game about underage drinking. Two students – one from each representing class– were chosen and called up to the front of the auditorium for a chance to answer a question and win a prize. The four students, two seniors and two sophomores, who worked hard with the South River SUDS (Stopping Underage by Students) group walked the aisles and were in charge of choosing which students would be called to the front. The fire of competition quickly blazed as the students vied for a...
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DEC
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Sticker Shock Event Held in Dunellen

Sticker Shock Event Held in Dunellen
Middlesex County has been working hard in many of its towns for many years to bring the Sticker Shock Campaign into liquor stores near you. If you have not seen or heard of it yet, Sticker Shock is a youth-driven community-based movement that helps bring awareness about underage drinking. So many people perceive youth drinking as no big deal, a “rite of passage.” But the truth of the matter is that alcohol remains the drug most abused by adolescents, putting them at risk for so many dangerous issues now and alcohol problems down the road. We cannot be naive to the fact that teens know how to get alcohol. They are getting it from friends, siblings, liquor cabinets at home, local liquor stores, etc. In fact, almost ninety percent of kids say it is easy to get their hands on alcohol. This is where the Sticker Shock Project comes in...
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SEP
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Wellspring Center for Prevention Awarded SAMHSA STOP ACT Grant

Wellspring Center for Prevention Awarded SAMHSA STOP ACT Grant
Grant Efforts Designed to Prevent Underage Drinking in County Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks. The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone— regardless of age or drinking status. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can result from underage drinking. This is not simply a problem for some families—it is a nationwide concern. In response, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the award and funding of new grants designed to prevent underage drinking through the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP ACT) grant program. Wellspring Center for Prevention was notified of the award for the STOP ACT grant program which provides funding for community-based coalitions...
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JUN
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It’s That Time of the Year, Again!

It’s That Time of the Year, Again!
Guess what folks? It’s time for me to once again remind you that this is the time when high school students across the county are preparing for their Junior Prom, Senior Ball and high school graduations. We all know that this is an exciting time in a teen’s life. But it also presents an opportunity for parents to talk with their teen about underage drinking and substance abuse in general. Did you know that according to our 2014-2015 Pride Surveys, almost 56 percent of 12th graders in Middlesex County use alcohol during a 12 month period? Over 33 percent indicated they drank alcohol in the past 30 days. The same survey also shows that over 70 percent of 12th graders believe their parents would disapproved their drinking of alcohol. And finally, surveys show that majority of teens list their parents as the #1 influence on their decisions surrounding drinking, and...
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MAR
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Dunellen Municipal Alliance to Host Special Town Hall Meeting On Underage Drinking

Dunellen Municipal Alliance to Host Special Town Hall Meeting On Underage Drinking
Underage drinking is a risky behavior that is attractive to many teenagers. When young people try alcohol, they often don’t realize the harmful effects drinking can have on their own lives, their families, and their communities. The event is scheduled for Monday, April 11th at 6:00 pm. The Town Hall meeting will be held at the Dunellen Cinema Café. Fact: In Middlesex County, 11.6% of 8th graders, 19.5% of sophomores, & 33.4% seniors reported drinking in the past 30 days! The town of Dunellen will host a special Town Hall meeting, open to community members in Dunellen and surrounding towns, to discuss the many different issues and problems related to underage drinking. Parents, teachers, local officials, youth and other community members will be educated about the impact that underage drinking has on their community, with the goal of developing a plan to begin to address this issue. Titled “Underage Drinking:...
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DEC
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Tis the Season for Underage Drinking

Tis the Season for Underage Drinking
The staggering fact is that alcohol is responsible for more than 4,700 deaths of underage youth each year. This is even more true around this time of year. Did you know that, on any day in the month of December, more than 11,000 young people will use alcohol for the first time? This is a community-wide issue and so it is going to take a community to solve it. So how do we as teachers, parents, coaches, role models in our community help? Here are a few ideas: Teach teens that they should be celebrating the holidays with people they can trust and that they do not HAVE to drink or give in to the pressures that this holiday season often brings. Fight the urge to lecture about all the scary stories you have heard about underage drinking and just listen instead. Ask their opinions and thoughts on the topic....
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DEC
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NCADD's Weekly Addiction News & Policy Update - Week ending December 19, 2014

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NOV
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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending November 14, 2014

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OCT
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Weekly ATOD & Advocacy Recap week ending October 10, 2014

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