Opioids are a medication that blocks pain; however, they do not aid in healing. Extremely powerful and highly addictive, opioids are overprescribed and responsible for 75% of US overdose deaths. Dependency can form within 3-5 days of use, even when legally prescribed. Adults ages 55 and older are at increased risk for developing medication dependency from post-surgical care and chronic pain management prescriptions. It is essential to be aware of the dangers of opioid medication use and talk with your doctor about alternative treatment plans.
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Red Ribbon Week begins Monday, October 23rd and this year’s theme is “Be Kind To Your Mind. Live Drug Free.” As we prepare for Red Ribbon Week, we are sharing ideas for daily activities, as well as social media posts to utilize within your school community. Remember to send us pictures of what your students are doing for Red Ribbon Week, we will be sending out emails to highlight your activities.
Plant the Promise is a wonderful way to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. Students plant red flower bulbs during Red Ribbon Week in the Fall which bloom in the Spring, and serve as a reminder of the importance and the beauty of living a drug-free life. Additionally, it provides a chance to enjoy the outdoors, connect with nature, take a break from daily stress and see the rewards of something beautiful you’ve nurtured.
Ever hear kids talk about “4/20?” They could be referring to “National Weed Day.” It is ‘observed’ on April 20th by marijuana enthusiasts and cannabis use typically increases on this day. You might also hear reference to the everyday afternoon hour of 4:20pm as “code” to partake in smoking or using marijuana and other cannabis products.
Here are the winners of our 22nd Annual Alcohol Awareness PSA contest “Everything is Awesome When You’re Alcohol Free”, 11 Sussex County schools had winning entries! With over 100 submissions, these entries truly stood out. Thank you to the teachers that had students enter as we appreciate their concern about this topic.
[Newton, NJ, January 20, 2023] After twenty-three years of service, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Center for Prevention & Counseling (CFPC), Executive Director Becky Carlson announces her retirement effective June 30, 2023. Becky began her tenure at CFPC as the first Coalition for Healthy and Safe Families coordinator, working with various […]
The Center for Prevention & Counseling’s 23rd Annual Alcohol Awareness Month PSA Contest is underway. This year’s theme is “Every Day is a Good Day… Alcohol Free”. We can’t wait to see how creative students will be sharing this message through art, writing or video and we look forward to receiving their entries.