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MCADA New Executive Director Announcement 2022

Final-Margarita-Leahy1511-Editkapupatelphotography Margarita L. Leahy, Ed.S., NCC, LPC, LCADC, ACS

After a thorough and inclusive interview process, the Executive Board and the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (MCADA) staff are pleased to announce hiring their new Executive Director, Ms. Margarita Leahy. She officially joined our team on May 23, 2022.  Ms. Leahy comes to the council leadership position as a bilingual, bicultu...

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Youth Guest Blogger- Overdose In my life


As we reflect on Overdose Awareness this month, we often hear stories of the role of an overdose in individuals' lives. Too often it is said that this is an individual issue, but anyone who has been around addiction knows it is a family disease. Our guest blogger is a high school student who is active in the recovery community.  She is a ...

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Overdose Awareness Day- JOIN US!

On Tuesday, August 30th, 2022, we are hosting the 7th annual Mercer County Overdose Awareness event in Ewing, NJ from 5:30-8PM, at the Ewing Community and Senior Center. This will be our seventh annual IOAD- Here is a brief video of some of the highlights from 2021's event- This event is presented by the One Voice Initiative, a partnership between ...

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Tuesday Tips July 2022


Catch up on what you missed!!! For more Tuesday Tips follow us on Facebook  Or sign up for our blog  July 5 988 There is hope. July 12 Safe use of OTC medications. July 19 Tips for Teens - The truth about Marijuana.

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June 15 is Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to an older person. Elder abuse takes many forms including neglect or isolation, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, and emotional or psychological abuse (including verbal abuse and threats). The costs of elder abuse...

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Tuesday Tips April 2022


Catch up on what you missed!

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Annual Bike Drive

Exercise is a great way to manage feelings and stress in life-affirming ways. Join Mercer Council in supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County to improve access to bicycles for Mercer County's youth through the annual Bike Drive hosted by Mercer County and the Parks Commissions. This bike drive accepts bikes in any condition and do...

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Scholarship Opportunity


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National Sleep Awareness Week


This week is National Sleep Awareness Week. A campaign that began in 1998 with the intention of sharing information on the importance of sleep. It is commonly stated that adolescents sleep a lot and this is in fact a biological need to assist in their development. Did you know teenagers' bodies require an average of 9 hours of sleep per night?...

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Visiting Washington D.C. With Our Annual Report!


At the beginning of February, Regional Coalition Coordinator, Malissa Arnold and I were given the opportunity to attend the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) Annual Leadership Forum. There, we were introduced to a rolling attendance of youth and community leaders from all across the United States and its territories. With people who ...

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Celebrating Jocelyn!


I have had the privilege of working with Jocelyn Cooper for the past eight years and am grateful for this opportunity to reflect and celebrate her successes. Her passion for counseling and supporting people has been evident in her interactions with everyone. She started as an intern and stayed on with the Council holding different positions fu...

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Free Evidence-Based Programming for Middle and High School Students

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You hear a rumor about a friend. Will you…(A) Repeat that rumor(B) Say nothing(C) Not Sure TGFD Take a Stand Activity Grade 7 As the new Mercer County Prevention Grant facilitator, I am excited to have these tough conversations with middle schoolers. I am thrilled to have joined a team of energized people seeking to address addiction thro...

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Mercer Council Leadership Change Announcement


From Deborah Dunn, on behalf of the Board of Trustees"Please join us in expressing good wishes to Jocelyn Cooper as she begins her next chapter. We are grateful for her contributions since she started in 2014 as a Prevention Educator working directly with our beloved Geetha Arulmohan. In July 2017, Jocelyn became the Council's Executive Director. T...

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Find Us on a Radio Station Near You!


In the field of Prevention, we are especially concerned about the developing adolescent brain. We want to protect it as much as possible while also encouraging our students to seek positive experiences that create lasting positive infrastructural change. The introduction and passing of the Cannabis legislation did complicate the discourse on how we...

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Nurturing the Amazingness in You


Vicarious trauma or secondary trauma is defined as a condition experienced by people who have been working with people living with trauma in which they themselves begin to demonstrate physical and emotional responses to the other person's trauma exposure. Hearing sad things may impact us. However, some individuals in response to the sadness they he...

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Barbara Sprechman is Traveling into Retirement


 As you all are well aware, December 31st is the day Barbara Sprechman will be retiring from Mercer Council. Of the 29 years Barbara has worked in Prevention, she has been with the Mercer Council for the past 11 years. During this time, she has greatly enjoyed working alongside her colleagues and community members excelling as Mercer County Pr...

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It's Not Too Late, You can still Help !!!


Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to come together to thank, help, give, show kindness, and share what they have with those in need. Make a contribution today so together we can make a healthy, safe, and responsible community become a reality! Donate Mercer Council is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to th...

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Celebrating Transitions in our OORP Team: Farewells, Familiar and New Faces

We want to thank Brian Bittings, OORP Patient Navigator, for the 4 years he has spent leading our OORP team.  Brian decided to move on from the Mercer Council mid-October. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his journey. We want to congratulate David DeCamp, who has fully transitioned from the role of Assistant Patient Navigator/Re...

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Mercer Council Participates in Inaugural Open Access To Recovery Outreach Event!


On Friday November 5th, 2021 Mercer Council was honored to participate in the inaugural "Open Access To Recovery" (OATR) outreach event. This event was organized by Recovery Advocates of America and the Mercer County Operation Helping Hand Program (OHH) under the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. OHH offers those arrested for n...

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Great American Smoke Out, Thursday, November 18th

Thursday is the Great American Smoke Out. This is an opportunity to challenge yourself to live a day without nicotine. This event was established by the American Cancer Association in order to encourage people on their journey to quit. Stemming from a local community event in 1970, it has grown to become the national event it is today. The American...

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