Teen Vaping: on the road to addiction

This is a program designed for both kids and parents.  To book a program, please contact Jean. jciullo@njprevent.com 908-782-3909

Prescription opioid use among seniors

Nationwide and locally, marked attention is given to the “opiate challenge,” which is a serious public health problem, an epidemic. With regard to seniors, concerns focus on (1) high rates of narcotic analgesic use, (2) cautious approaches to pain management, and (3) storage and disposal of these drugs (e.g. preventing medications from being taken by other people). Costs associated with opioid misuse and addiction are high at the personal, community and national levels. Read full article here!

Strategies to manage surgical pain

Because addiction to pain pills often starts with an operation, surgeons are shifting to non-opioid approaches for pain control. Many people who are struggling with opioid addiction didn’t start taking the drugs at a party or at a friend’s house. They were introduced to these painkilling medications by their doctor after a surgical procedure. In the 1990s, the number of opioid prescriptions written for people undergoing surgery or experiencing pain conditions grew — and so did related problems. As a result, “we are in a current opioid epidemic, with 91 substance-related deaths each day, according to the CDC,” says Dr. …

JUUL has entered the school system

(CNN)Juul spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund youth programming, efforts that a company employee said “seem to duplicate those of big tobacco,” according to internal emails, memos and contracts released as part of a congressional investigation into the company. Democratic members of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy presented the documents Thursday as part of an investigation into Juul’s role in “the youth vaping epidemic.”   Read full article here.

International Overdose Awareness Day – Mercer County

Please join us for International Overdose Awareness Day observation on 8/27/2019 from 6pm to 8pm. The address for Woolsey Park is 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road in Titusville.  It should be a powerful evening!

Beyond opioids: Safe, effective treatments for 4 common kinds of pain

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with any advertisers on this site. If you spend the day wincing from arthri­tis, back pain, a recent surgery or serious headaches, your doctor might suggest that you try a powerful opioid medication. But that’s not your only option, and it shouldn’t be your first. Nearly a third of adults ages 50 to 80 report filling such a prescription within the past two years, according to a University of Michigan poll done in July. These drugs can be risky: As many as a quarter of people taking opioids long-term end up battling addiction. But …

A Simple Reason So Many Older Americans Are Overdosing on Opioids

A recent poll suggests many doctors aren’t warning elderly patients of the risks when prescribing painkillers. As the body ages, it often aches. In the United States, 81 percent of adults over 65 endure multiple chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. There also can be emotional pain from the loss of relatives and close friends, and concerns about the continued ability to live independently. For those whose physical ailments prove almost paralyzing and chronic, health providers often prescribe opioid painkillers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. But that can lead to trouble. Last year, the Department of Health and Human …