Federal pain management task force emphasizes opioid alternatives

A federal task force issued a report Thursday outlining best practices for managing acute and chronic pain with an emphasis on treatment approaches beyond opioid use. The 108-page report lays out a multidisciplinary approach to pain management that includes opioids but also behavioral and physical therapy as well as other treatments like massages and minimally invasive procedures. According to the report, “mitigating unnecessary opioid exposure” is vital. “It’s important to exploit the benefits of multimodal, non-opioid approaches in acute pain management in conjunction with possible opioid therapy,” the report said. The report was put together by the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, …

We stand united for vape-free youth

Facts you may not know about youth vaping: A ‘vape’ is the term used to describe the delivery mechanism of products such as JUUL, nicotine, e-juices, THC, and alcohol. In 2018, the Surgeon General declared e-cigarette (vape) use among youth a national epidemic. Schools ranked teen vaping as the number one problem in Hunterdon County (Key Informant 2019). Most youth do not know the ingredients is in these products (CDC). Even products that claim they are nicotine-free may contain nicotine due to lack of regulation (CDC). Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the brain, as it is still developing up …

Teen Safety Nights at HCRHS

Over the past two nights we have reached about 1600 parents and students during Hunterdon Central Regional High School’s Teen Safety nights. We are honored to partner with HCRHS and bring such important messaging about teen safety to our local community. Our co-CEO, Lesley Gabel discussed the dangers of vaping, underage drinking, opioids, fentanyl, importance of safe storage and disposal of prescription medications and prom safety tips. Other topics discussed were distracted driving, the need to have safety talks with our teens on a regular basis, and to practice what we preach because our teens are always watching. A big thank …

Pot’s Real Price – Part 5: Growers Eager for Legalization

Click Here to View Video New York is on a fast track to legalize marijuana, and growers and entrepreneurs are excited. But not everyone is on board, especially after seeing what’s happened in states like Colorado and California. (Published Friday, Feb 8, 2019)

Pot’s Real Price – Part 4: Has Pot Really Become Cash Cow?

Click Here to View Video Is legal marijuana actually the cash cow it promised to be for Colorado? Businesses say yes, schools say no. And then there are the complications of dealing with banks, forcing risky cash-only operations. There are lessons for the tri-state in the legalization of pot. (Published Friday, Feb 8, 2019)

Pot’s Real Price – Part 2: Businesses Sees Growing Pains

Click Here to View Video Retail pot in Colorado is generating hundreds of millions of dollars, but at what price? Sarah Wallace goes in a private marijuana club outside Denver to see how pot is proving a boon for some, and then undercover with police during drug raids to see how it’s straining their resources — and what that could all mean for the tri-state when legalization happens here. (Published Friday, Feb 8, 2019)