START (Steps to Action Recovery and Treatment)

Download Publication FREE: START (Steps to Action Recovery and Treatment) NEW JERSEY HOTLINES ReachNJ 1-844-REACH-NJ (1-844-732-2465) // Serves to simplify the process for those seeking help from addiction. www.ReachNJ.gov NJ ADDICTION SERVICES HOTLINE  844-276-2777  //  Provides information and referral to substance use treatment statewide. NJ CONNECT FOR RECOVERY 855-652-3737  //  Dedicated to opioid addiction, serves both the person struggling with addiction as well as their loved ones. NJ MENTALHEALTHCARES 866-202-4357  //  Directs callers to appropriate service entry points. 2NDFLOOR 888-222-2228  //  Confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey’s young people. N.J. HOPE LINE 855-654-6735  //  Peer Support and Suicide Prevention Hotline CHANGE STARTS HERE. Reducing stigma and breaking barriers to build a stronger, healthier community. BACKGROUND ON START In partnership with Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, and Hunterdon County Chief’s Association, Safe Communities Coalition created S.T.A.R.T. (Steps To Action Recovery and Treatment) initiative. START was first designed as a tool to bridge the treatment gap and prevent overdose, and has since become a symbol of reliable resources and information. ONE VOICE The goal of One Voice is to create social level change in reducing substance use through our faith communities. Annual launch includes a weekend of shared messaging into the community, led by faith leaders, with “one voice”.

Drug Trends: Cannabis

Cannabis is being dubbed “the new Big Tobacco” for the way they are strategizing and targeting specific populations, including kids, minorities, and less affluent areas. But could this new wave be worse? Can we even imagine the real impacts this could have on our communities, our children? Download Publication FREE, click link: Drug Trends: Cannabis WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW Since Colorado legalized recreational cannabis in 2012: Youth cannabis use is 85% higher than the national average Cannabis-related traffic fatalities increased 151% Violent crime increased 25% (18,426 in 2013 to 23,009 in 2017) Aggravated assaults increased 31% (9,714 to 12,711) Motor vehicle thefts …

Emerging Trends: Spotlight on CBD

Download Publication FREE, Click Link: Emerging Trends: Spotlight on CBD VAPING CBD – RECREATIONALLY? Recent publications noted that teens are vaping marijuana (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids). According to an annual survey of nearly 50,000 adolescents, 3 percent, 8 percent and 10 percent of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders had vaped cannabis in 2017. With the rise of CBD (Cannabidiol, non-psychoactive component in cannabis) products, marketed as cure-alls and health aids, investigations led to find out that adults are vaping CBD for their natural THC content (Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component in cannabis). Even if a CBD product contains a small amount of THC, …

Athletes & Opioids: Safeguard your team with policies and best practices

Download Publication FREE, Click Link: Athletes & Opioids Program Goal: TOP (Tackling Opioids through Prevention) for Athletes is intended to help raise awareness of opioid use among student athletes, and to provide evidence-based information to strengthen policies and practices within schools, athletic departments and community based athletic programs. OPIOID TOOLKIT: Download our Opioid Toolkit: https://tinyurl.com/SCC-OpioidToolkits  SCHEDULE TODAY: Our agency is available to provide FREE presentations and support within Hunterdon and Somerset to schools, teams, as well as community sports programs. Interested Coaches, School Personnel, or Healthcare Providers: Contact Project Director, Lesley Gabel at 908-782-3909, lgabel@njprevent.com What you should know: Injuries are …

Emerging Trends: Spotlight on Vaping

Download Publication FREE, Click Link: Emerging Trends: Spotlight on Vaping AREN’T THEY HARMLESS? E-cigarette ads and online forums may say that using an e-cig is just inhaling harmless water vapor BUT it’s really aerosol and other chemicals. There is no government regulation of the chemicals that go into vape products, so there is no way to know what you are breathing into your lungs and impossible to know longterm side-effects. Reports of serious lung damage, known as “popcorn lung” and “wet lung”, have been cited after only brief use of vapor devices. E-cigarette use among middle and high school students has …

Best Practices: Establishing New Medicine Norms

Download Publication FREE, click link: Best Practices: Establishing New Medicine Norms Download Safe Medicine Rack Card FREE, click link: Rx Best Practices and Drop Box Locations HC SC RX/OPIOID PREVENTION: Background CARA –TAsk Force goal Comprehensive approach to addressing the Opioid Crisis Opioids – what are they? Opioids are synthetic drugs, usually Rx’d painkiller medication (oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine). Also includes illicit drugs such as fentanyl, and carfentynal.  Opiates include naturally derived drugs such as heroin, opium. Why do people move from prescription drugs to heroin?  Prescription opioids (pain pills) and heroin are chemically similar and can produce a similar high.  In NJ, heroin is cheaper …

Cannabis: Frequently Asked Questions

Download Publication FREE, click link: Cannabis Frequently Asked Questions APA CITATION: Menes, A. M., Gabel, L., Dowd, P., & Collevechio, J. (2018, May). Cannabis: Frequently Asked Questions [Community Prevention Education]. New Jersey, Flemington. Prevention Resources, Inc., Safe Communities Coalition Hunterdon and Somerset, One Voice. IN-TEXT CITATION: (“Cannabis: FAQ”, 2018) Abstract IMPORTANCE: Cannabis (marijuana) is a mind-altering psychoactive drug derived from the Cannabis plant, containing over 400 chemicals including THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is considered the main psychoactive-inducing compound. Cannabis is currently a federally illegal (Schedule I) drug, and is recreationally illegal in most States. Over the past decade, cannabis has become increasingly accessible for medical …