Category Archives: Teens

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May is National Mental Health Awareness month.  Regardless of age, people often use alcohol and other drugs to self-medicate for other mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Nelba Chavez, Ph.D.,  SAMHSA administrator stated that, “Parents need to know that alcohol use can also be a warning sign or a cry for help that something is seriously wrong in a child’s life” (verywellmind.com, 2018). Though illegal, it is easy for underage persons to obtain alcohol either from asking family members, older friends, or even strangers to buy alcohol for them. Understanding the prevalence of underage drinking, the commonalities of it, and the underlying causes can help prevent alcohol abuse and provide needed mental health treatment.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This year, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)  has decided to make the theme “Changing Attitudes:  It’s not a ‘rite of passage.’”.  According to locally collected data, CCSHM  found that this is a commonly occurring theme. At the parent level, in Morris County, there is a widespread acceptance that alcohol is, in fact, a rite of passage, but parents also deny that youth alcohol consumption takes place in their own home. By understanding the risks of underage drinking, we, as a community, can alter the perception of drinking alcohol being a rite of passage. After all, if a youth is drinking as a rite of passage, but not in the home, where are they and how safe can it truly be?

With overdoses on the rise, opioid programs come to Morris

  1. Four Prosecutor’s Office heroin programs heading to Morris towns
    In a continued effort to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is hosting four symposiums in several county high schools over the next few weeks.

In Morris County, fatal opiate overdoses jumped from 43 in 2015 to 64 in 2016. There have been at least 23 overdoses so far in 2017, on track to greatly exceed last year’s total.
Prosecutor Fredric Knapp is hoping the ongoing public programs will continue to raise awareness of the heroin and opioid epidemic and show how to combat it.

Prograns will be held in: Montville, Roxbury, Dover, and Kinnelon

Click the link below to read the full story:

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/local/morris-county/2017/04/20/overdoses-rise-opioid-programs-come-morris/100702728/

 

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.