Category Archives: Alcohol

Get your ID out

The month of July, CCSHM will be working with other coalitions and local places with liquor licenses to encourage them to ID everyone and keep Morris County safe. The Get Your ID out campaign involves us giving out black lights, 2018 ID books that shows pictures of current IDs for every state, and a sign stating “We ID, Get Your ID out”. This is to limit the access of alcohol to those underage drinking. By providing the resources to the places with liquor licenses, it increases awareness and perception of risk, and decreases use.

Treatment Admissions in Morris County

Did you know that in New Jersey, in 2016, there were 91  admissions to treatment for alcohol related reasons for people under 18? And in Morris County, there were 6 alcohol treatment admissions for those under 18. Though 6 may not seem like a high number, that means that not only were people under age drinking, but drinking to the point of needing detox or alcohol use treatment. Over the past year, the alcohol admissions have declined, but drug admissions have gone up. In 2015, there were 54 drug related admissions in Morris County, which in one year, went up to 88 drug related admissions.

As the perception of risk continues to be lowered, the rate of use continues to go up.

Did you know?

Approximately 2.3 million teens aged 12-17 are drinking each month in the United States. In fact, by senior year of high school, nearly half of students have drank alcohol. Not only are people underage drinking, but the majority of teens that are drinking are binge drinking. The perception of low risk of alcohol use is underage people leads to an increase in drinking, but as the binge drinking shows, it is not safe. The earlier people start drinking, the more underdeveloped their brain is which can lead to even riskier behavior.

Population Health Summit: A review

Yesterday, June 5th, 2018, was the 3rd Annual Population Health Summit in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The topic was focusing in on utilizing an integrated approach to address the opioid epidemic/crisis. In 2016, there were a total of 64,070 fatal overdoses in the United States, 2,200 of those being in New Jersey, 35 in Morris County. Though the number of overdoses in on the rise, there has been little action to limit the number of prescribing doctors. In New Jersey, we have 1,332 licensed prescribers but only 38 Medication Assistance Treatment (MAT). These numbers do not make sense. New Jersey increases the number of those able to prescribe, yet does not increase the number of treatment facilities that use prescriptions.

Dr. Nash, key note speaker, stated that we need to “shut off the faucet instead of mopping up the mess.” It is important to provide the prevention measures so that we can cut the opioid epidemic off at the source, and prevent people from even starting to use drugs. Dr. Nash also noted that 50% of all opioid users are unemployed and 25% are permanently disabled. This shows that the opioid epidemic needs to be looked at from the very beginning. If we provide resources from the beginning, keeping people healthy all around, it could limit the amount of people getting involved in drugs. Furthermore, it is important to address the institutional racism that has caused minorities and lower income persons to be pushed further and further away from medical care access.

The key component of the summit was to note that prevention and intervention is not a one person job. It is important for the law makers, family services, treatment centers, insurance companies, and caregivers to work together. Addressing the epidemic is a team sport, and is something that influences the entire population.