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 …

Signature Fundraiser: Farm2Fork 10/8/2019

We are excited to announce our annual signature fundraiser, Farm to Fork! The event drew over 300 people last year. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Unionville Vineyard. This is our only fundraising event and is attended by prominent New Jersey leaders and residents. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, so register early! We are also offering four different levels of sponsorship to advertise your company. Please see the attached flyer to see the benefits of your sponsorship. Signature Sponsorship Gold Sponsorship Silver Sponsorship Bronze Sponsorship …

Medicare Going In ‘Right Direction’ On Opioid Epidemic

Prescriptions for two drugs used to treat opioid addiction increased significantly from 2016 to 2018 for people on Medicare, according to a federal report out Wednesday. About 174,000 Medicare beneficiaries received such a medication — either buprenorphine or naltrexone — to help them with recovery in 2018, according to the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, prescriptions for naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, spiked since 2016, rising 501% ― and that is likely an underestimate because it doesn’t include doses of the nasal spray Medicare members might have received through …

Mental Health Service Use Up After Campaign to Reduce Stigma

(HealthDay News) — A social marketing campaign in California designed to reduce stigma about mental health issues appears to have encouraged more people to seek care for their symptoms of mental distress, according to a study published online June 26 in the American Journal of Public Health. Read full article here!

8 WISCONSIN TEENS HOSPITALIZED WITH SEVERE LUNG DAMAGE DUE TO VAPING, DOCTORS SUSPECT

Eight teens were hospitalized in July with seriously damaged lungs in Wisconsin, the state Department of Health Services reported Thursday. “We suspect that these injuries were caused by vaping,” said Dr. Michael Gutzeit, chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where the teens were admitted, at a press conference.  Their symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue, worsened over days or weeks before the patients arrived at Children’s Hospital. Some reported fever, anorexia, chest pain, nausea and diarrhea. Scans and X-rays showed inflammation or swelling throughout both lungs, said Gutzeit. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.