Agency Announcement

IMPORTANT: In response to the developments of the COVID-19, our offices are taking precautions to protect our community by temporarily closing our physical locations until FURTHER NOTICE. Our staff will be working remotely during this time and have made adjustments for ongoing functions – Call and/or email. Projects and some programs will continue online. Please read further for more information, or contact a staff member to find out more about these temporary changes. No walk-ins during this time. Please do not stop by the office. A follow-up announcement will be made on or before the above date. We appreciate your …

Overdose Awareness Day

August 31st, 2020 is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event that aims to raise awareness that overdose death is preventable and to reduce the stigma associated with drug-related death. Prevention Resources Inc., in partnership with Hunterdon and Somerset Municipal Alliances, Safe Community Coalition, Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP), Raritan Valley Community College, Partnership for Health Drug-Free Task Force, Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Positive YOUth, Hunterdon County’s Prosecutors Office, Hunterdon County Recovery Center, One Voice, Community in Crisis, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., Hope One and Parent to Parent Addiction Services, …

Spring into Wellness

Virtual Art Show Break The Stigma #BreakTheStigmaHC All who submit will be entered into an Amazon gift card drawing Submission parameters: Express your feelings about the stigma that surrounds mental illness and substance misuse. You do not have to be personally affected to participate. Digitally submit any art form of your choice, including paintings, drawings, graphic designs, poetry, and photographs, music and short videos. Music and short videos should be 3 minutes or less. Your submission will not be accepted if it contains the following: derogatory, hateful, or inappropriate language/imagery, nudity, or extreme violence, political elements. Regarding suicide and self …

Fentanyl Testing Strip Pilot Program Approved

(SNJ Today) As part of a three to six month study, Camden County will attempt to distribute free fentanyl test strips to people who are homeless and struggling with substance abuse. The strips test for the presence of fentanyl and provide near instant results. Those who volunteered to take part in the study will be issued the strips as part of a “protect a life” kit, which also includes a dose of Narcan and a list of treatment options. The pilot program aims to determine whether helping the public make more informed decisions about the drugs they are taking can …

1 in 6 vaping lung illnesses linked to commercially purchased THC, federal data finds

(USA Today) Recent findings from the CDC reveal that, contrary to popular belief, THC vaping related illnesses are not caused solely by unregulated black market products. Federal research indicates 1 in 6 of reported cases involved a product purchased commercially within a state where medical and/or recreational marijuana is legal. Click here to read the full article. 

CDC says vaping death toll has climbed to 47

The number of vaping-related lung injuries in the US has risen to 2,290 this week, with 47 deaths recorded, federal officials announced. That figure, recorded on Wednesday, is up by 118 injuries from last week, when 2,172 cases were reported, according to the CDC. Those injuries have been reported in 49 states, the District of Columbia as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Alaska is the only state without any vaping-related injuries, the agency reported. Forty-seven deaths have been reported as a result of e-cigarette use in 25 states and D.C. as of Wednesday, officials said. That’s an increase …

STATE INVESTIGATES VAPING’S CONNECTION TO LUNG DISEASE

Reports of severe disease in 15 young e-cigarette users in New Jersey, more than 200 nationwide, lead to alarm among healthcare officials Credit: Krystian Graba/Pixabay State and local officials in New Jersey are grappling with reports of severe lung disease in 15 relatively young patients with a history of e-cigarette use, part of a growing concern that has involved more than 200 patients in at least two dozen states. Read full article here

Vaping Illnesses: protect yourself by avoiding THC filled vapes

Consumers are likely aware of the recent reports of respiratory illnesses — including some resulting in deaths – following the use of vaping products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains deeply concerned about these incidents and is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health partners to investigate them as quickly as possible. Read full article here