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 …

Teens “Shatter the Myths” for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, managed by Prevention Resources, Inc., participated in the 10th annual National campaign to “Shatter the Myths” for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), held January 22 through 28, 2018. The goal of this campaign is to stimulate science-based conversation about substance use and addiction via community events and initiatives. The Safe Communities Youth Sector led Hunterdon (HCYC) and Somerset (SCYC) in a collaborative and layered approach by targeting local high schools, peers, and social media. “Our young people are greatly concerned about how their community, locally and nationally, are being impacted …