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Appreciation for our first responders

As our work environment has changed, we are using creative ways to stay in touch with our community partners and promote prevention. As part of our efforts, we felt we needed to recognize our first responders that are diligently working in these changing time to maintain safety and health in our communities.  Malissa Arnold showed appreciation to our Law Enforcement partners by taking th...
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It is 4/20- What does that mean?

Today Is April 20th- 4/20,  Do you know what this might mean?  Often it is referred to as "Weed Day".   Many myths exist about 4/20-  No, it isn't the police code for Marijuana Use! While it IS a date, historically it is linked to the time of day that youth use- after school and club responsibilities, and usually when parents are at work and there is little supervision.&nb...
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The Great American Smokeout

On the third Thursday of November, every year for more than 40 years, there has been an event called the Great American Smokeout. This tradition emerged from an effort started in 1970, where a man named Arthur P. Mullaney asked his town to give up smoking for a day and donate the money they would have used on cigarettes on a high school scholarship. Several other efforts followed, and Califor...
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Gambling and Substance Use Disorder

Last week, January 22-25th was National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). Area schools and groups held contests, activities, and informational meetings about facts surrounding substance use and misuse. A coalition member, The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ), wrote an informative article that showed more facets of addiction studies as part of NDAFW. We are grateful for our m...
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PCMC Holiday Breakfast: Accomplishments and Changes

Holiday-Breakfast-2018-pic1 The Author, Susan Stahley (Rider), Barbara Sprechman, Incoming Chairman- Joe Hadge (TCNJ), and out-going Chairwoman, Justine Frank
     On Wednesday, December 12, our coalition hosted a holiday breakfast to review our year and to announce some big changes in our leadership. Our coalition members had an opportunity to catch up, introduce themselves to others, network and socialize over a nice breakfast of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, pastries, fruit and more. As the meeting portion began, our guests introduced ...
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Day of Remembrance- IOAD Event

One of my first assignments at Mercer Council was the 2nd Annual International Overdose event, held last year in Hamilton. I received all of the registration calls, and with those calls, came stories of questioning, heartbreak, and hope.  I heard stories of sons and daughters taken too soon; of a young father leaving behind 2 and 4-year-old sons; a young girl experimenting for the first and l...
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