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Knock Out Opiate Abuse Town Hall
The Center for Prevention and Counseling invites the public to a free   "Knock Out Opiate Abuse Town Hall" event sponsored by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the philanthropic arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Jersey (BCBSNJ).  Along with collaboration from The Partnership for Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), this Town Hall series has been occurring throughout the state of New Jersey and will be held in Sussex County at The Center, 65 Newton-Sparta Road, Andover on Friday, September 22, 2017.  Doors open at 8:30am with breakfast followed by a panel of guest speakers between 9and 10am, including Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch; NJ State Senator Steve Oroho; Newton Medical Center's Emergency Department Director, Dr. Anthony Brutico; Director of Clinical Services at The Center, Rachel Wallace; Certified Prevention Specialist at The Center, Annmarie Shafer and Recovery Advocacy Trainer with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NJ, Aaron Kucharski.

The Town Hall will conclude with participation from the public, between 10-11am, allowing people to share their experiences and hopefulness to combat opioid misuse. These statewide Town Halls are shedding a light on opioid misuse while offering strategies for prevention and awareness. Changing attitudes on addiction, reducing stigma and educating communities with information from the US Surgeon General's recommendations are all part of the solution to reducing and preventing further opioid misuse.

Knock out Opiate Abuse Town Hall
New Jersey Raises Tobacco Age of Sale to 21  
3rd Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk 
Opioid Overdose Recovery Program
Back to School
The Center's Happenings
What's Your Anti-Drug Contest
Regional Coalition Meetings
Military Family Night Out
Health Curriculum Training 
Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Hall
Recovery Support Events 
New Jersey Raises Tobacco Age of Sale to 21

On July 21, 2017, New Jersey became the third state to raise the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.   By signing the bill into law, Governor Christie has taken a bold step to prevent youth from initiating tobacco use and helping to make the next generation tobacco-free.  New Jersey's effort gives momentum to a growing nationwide movement to raise the age of sale for tobacco to 21.  Following soon after New Jersey' s bill was signed into law, the State of Maine has also raised the age of sale for tobacco to 21 making it the fourth state to do so.  Tobacco 21 laws have been enacted in the states of Hawaii and California as well as approximately 225 cities and counties nationwide including New York City, Chicago, Boston and St. Louis.
3rd Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk

The 3rd Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk was held on Saturday, August 5th at the Franklin Fireman's Pavilion. The walk was attended by over 400 participants and raised over $30,000 for the Center for Prevention and Counseling to provide treatment and recovery support to those in need.

This annual walk which began in 2015, was started to honor two Sussex County men, Eric Burns and George Tizzano, who lost their lives to drug overdoses but also to change the conversation and reduce stigma associated with addiction. Eric's mother, Mary and George's mother, Elaine work hard each year to help make this event a great success. 

Opioid Overdose Recovery Program Grant Awarded to Center for Prevention and Counseling, Newton, NJ

When someone experiences an opioid overdose (heroin /opiate pain pills) and is revived and transported to a local hospital emergency department, who better for them to speak to at this very vulnerable moment than someone in recovery, themselves? Having a peer recovery coach available when one may be the most willing to ask for help was the idea behind a new state grant. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (CFPC) was recently awarded the "Opioid Overdose Recovery Program" grant or, "OORP" as it is referred to. This program has shown excellent results in other New Jersey counties where the grant has been previously introduced in the last few years, all through funding provided by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services of the State of New Jersey. 

New Report on Adolescent Inhalant Use

Nearly 700,000 adolescents used inhalants to get high in 2015 according to a new report, Understanding Adolescent Inhalant Use, released by SAMHSA last month. Inhalants are considered every day products that are typically found in a home including spray paints, glues, markers and gasoline. They are harmless when used as directed; however, they can be fatal when intentionally abused.  Among the 12 - 17 year old population, felt-tip markers were the most commonly identified type of inhalant used to get high followed by glue, shoe polish, toluene and spray paints.  Adolescents were more likely than adults to have use inhalants to get high (2.7 vs 0.4%). Inhalant abuse peaked at age 12-13 and decreased through the teen years. Female adolescents were more likely than male adolescents to use inhalants (3.2 vs 2.3%). 
Back to School Prevention Resources

Over the next few weeks, Sussex County children will begin their 2017-2018 school year. Whether it is your child's first day of Kindergarten, middle school or high school, this is an exciting time where many opportunities, experiences and life lessons happen. What does your child need to stay safe and succeed in our fast paced world? Below you find help to ensure your child starts the school year off with tips, tools and resources to manage the hustle and bustle that ensues during the school year!   
As your child develops new relationships, experiences unfamiliar social situations and becomes increasing exposed to pop culture and media, questions about alcohol and other drug use will inevitably arise. It is never too early to start laying the foundation that is needed to prevent substance use. In fact, the average age of first use of substances in New Jersey is 11.2 years old, which is 5th grade!

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