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Law Enforcement Training; Stigma: Language Matters (Follow-up)

By: Sarah Keir
May 14, 2018

Stigma: Language Matters was an event sponsored by the Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris (CCSHM) that emphasized the importance of language, especially in law enforcement. This event encouraged law enforcement and other attendees to break the cycle of stigma by recognizing that language can quickly become internalized, which can negatively influence the behaviors of people. A significant part of this event was doing a role playing skit, where one person played a civilian and the other was a police officer. In the first skit, the officer did not ask questions effectively, and tension, along with volume rose, showing that not finding out the whole truth continues the stigma and does not get anyone anywhere. The second skit showed an officer asking questions and understanding the full situation, then using effective speaking skills to resolve the issue. After the event, the Chief of Police of Boonton Township stated how influential it would be to bring the role playing of this event to the recruits in the police academy, so they can truly see the importance of empathizing with people and asking questions before assuming the worse in someone.

Another important language stigma that was mentioned was about marijuana. Often, people say “It’s just pot” or “It’s going to be legalized anyway”, which also creates a stigma cycle. By having this mindset, it lowers the perception of risk of marijuana. Contrary to popular belief, it is not just marijuana. Recently, there has been a large trend of dealers lacing marijuana with cocaine and opiates to create the same addictive traits.


Overall, this event had a great turnout and CCSHM looks forward to working with the community and law enforcement to sponsor more of these events.

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Recovery Mentoring in the News

Click the link below to watch “Jersey Matters.”
Morris County Prevention is Key and Center for Addiction, Recovery, and Success (CARES) are featured and discuss some of the new methods we are using to combat addiction.

Reporter, Sherry Karabin, talks with some of the amazing people we work with to learn about the life-saving drug Narcan, and focus on an amazing Mentor Program, to help recovering addicts.

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Please visit the CARES website to learn more about the Mentor Program and how you can get involved.

Pinwheel Project

40 Pequannock Township High School students placed 500 pinwheels across the front lawn of the school the day before the homecoming football game – to spread awareness about the dangers of underage drinking.

The Pinwheel Project is designed to visually represent the 5,000 youth who die as a result of alcohol yearly.
“Each pinwheel represents 10 deaths due to underage drinking,” said Phyllis Minicuci, Project Coordinator for the Pequannock Township Coalition. “It’s a very powerful statement and I’m proud of the students. They stepped up and did a terrific job.”

Read the full story in The Daily Record here.

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