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!

One in Five Americans Gets Hurt By Someone Else’s Drinking Every Year

The negative effects of secondhand smoke are well-documented—the CDC estimates that tens of thousands of nonsmokers die every year in the U.S. due to exposure to someone else’s cigarette habit. But a new study out Monday suggests that the secondhand effects of alcohol consumption are another source of serious harm, with one in five Americans hurt by another person’s drinking annually.   Click here to read full article!

The Importance of Prevention in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

As our communities, healthcare systems, and government agencies join in the effort to reverse the epidemic of opioid overdoses and solve the opioid crisis, it is not enough to focus all our resources on treating people who are already addicted to opioids. Keeping people who do not have an opioid use disorder from becoming addicted is an equally important task. Addressing overprescribing of pain medications through improved pain management and prescription monitoring has been one important prevention approach; and as illicit opioids like heroin and imported fentanyl become more prevalent, reducing the supply of those substances through law enforcement efforts …

Parent and Caregiver Support Group

Believing in the therapeutic value of one family helping another! …for those with loved ones struggling with a Substance Use Disorder. Second and Fourth Friday of every month 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM The Pioneer Family Success Center 50 Division Street – Suite 303- Somerville, NJ 08876 •Connect with other families who are facing similar issues in a compassionate and supportive environment. • Learn new tools to manage crisis, solve problems and communicate effectively. • Improve your quality of life by learning self-care strategies to reduce stress. • Become a more effective advocate for your loved one. For more information, contact Christine …