The Cannabis Question

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On February 22, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed three bills into law that addressed the legalization of cannabis (the legal word for marijuana). With this, the legalization of cannabis pushed forward a discourse for all New Jersey citizens to take part in. With questions and concerns so large about the impact on youth, the justice system, and the...
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Mercer Council Announces Staff Changes October 1st

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I've had a long and fulfilling career in prevention over the past 29 years.  Starting out as a part time prevention educator teaching a primary prevention program known as BABES for young children using puppets and storytelling when my own children were very young.  Prevention Science was still a fairly "young" fi...
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Congratulations to you, Barb! You took me under your wing after bringing me into the Mercer Council family. I am grateful to kno... Read More
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Mercer County's National Night Out Events

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  The Mercer Council and Prevention Coalition of Mercer County were proud to be represented at 5 different National Night Out (NNO) locations throughout Mercer County on August 3rd. National Night Out is an important event that seeks to foster and enhance relationships between neighborhoods/communities and various law enforcement agencies. Sta...
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Mercer Council and the PCMC Present Senator Linda Greenstein with Excellence in Prevention Award

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On Monday, July 19th, Barbara Sprechman hand delivered the 2021 Excellence in Prevention Award to Senator Greenstein at her office in Cranbury.  After holding the virtual Excellence in Prevention Awards event in June, it was wonderful to have a face-to-face encounter! "Given the pandemic's toll on mental health, making sure that the ...
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She has always been a champion for prevention and recovery! Well deserved!
Thursday, 22 July 2021 12:59
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Mercer Council and the PCMC sponsor 5 Law Enforcement Officers to Attend Street Cop Training with Sgt. Scott Kivet

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Mercer Council and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County were pleased to sponsor 5 county law enforcement officers to attend Sgt. Scott Kivet's Street Cop Training Class:  Drug Identification, Paraphernalia and the Motor Vehicle Stop on Monday, May 24th.  This course gives police officers the skills they need to formulate effective an...
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Confused About NJ Marijuana Policy? Join Us!

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Hello Community Members!  While New Jersey has become one of the pioneers in underage marijuana usage and law enforcement reform, the new marijuana legislation has led to frustration and confusion with parents, business owners, and law enforcement alike. While there have been news outlets and educational resources mitigating some of that confusion, the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County an...
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Looking forward to getting all the questions answered!
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2021 Mercer County Community Survey Launched by PCMC

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  In less than five minutes, you can make a big difference in the health and well-being of your community.  Every year, the Prevention Coaliiton of Mercer County distributes this survey in order to help us get a snapshot of our community's progress towards healthy, safe and drug-free environments.  It also assists us in making adjustments to our current and future strategic planning...
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This is so important for gathering data and planning our efforts in an evidence informed way!
Wednesday, 17 February 2021 17:23
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2020 CADCA MID-YEAR TRAINING INSTITUTE

 Cadca Mid-Year Training Institute Members of the Mercer Council had the honor and privilege of attending the 2020 CADCA’s Virtual Mid-Year Training Institute. Barbara Sprechman, Amy Argiriou, Vanessa DeRosa, and Malissa Arnold spent the week of July 26-30th in intensive, informative, and enlightening virtual workshops. Attendees had over 80 training sessions to choose from. Topics ranged fro...
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COVID 19 and Sports: The Impact on Student Athletes

  On July 23rd, the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County, Mercer Council and WBCB 1490AM Radio collaborated together to broadcast an hour-long forum on the impact of COVID 19 on the student athletes' social and emotional well-being.  Panelists included Jon Adams, Athletic Director of Nottingham High School in Hamilton Township, Bill Bruno from NJSIAA and Dr. Mike Gross, a clinical and s...
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June 30, 2020- Last day of Pride- Netflix Watch Party

For the last day of Pride month at 2 PM, we are hosting a Netflix watch party featuring the documentary The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson. Marsha P. Johnson was a Black trans woman that was an icon of the LGBTQ+ movement and was considered a heroine of the Stonewall Riots.  Many are unaware that the LGBTQ+ community has an alarmingly high rate of substance use challenges.  Man...
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WBCB (1490 AM) Radio Helps PCMC Tackle Opioids Through Prevention For Athletes

  Recently, Merrill Reese of WBCB Radio, the "Voice of the Philadelphia Eagles" recorded two PSAs for the Prevention Coalition to help us spread awareness to parents of student athletes to keep them safe from prescription opioid misuse.  Student athletes are considered a high-risk population for opioid use and misuse because of their greater risk of injury and also becuase of a greater o...
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National Prevention Week 2020 is Almost Here!

Prevention happens all year round, but next week has traditionally been the official week to celebrate and promote prevention! It’s up to all of us to take part in preventing substance abuse in our communities. Check out some of the top federal publications, campaigns, and resources related to each of the NPW daily themes below, and visit the NPW Prevention Resources page for more resources from t...
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Prevention Coalition of Mercer County holds its first Zoom Coalition Meeting

      On April 8th, seventeen PCMC Coalition members met "virtually" through Zoom to particpate in our monthly meeting.  The COVID 19 quarantine does not prevent this amazing group from getting together and continuing our Coalition work!   After a discussion about how we are all coping through this unprecedented time, members discussed ways to continue working on important...
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April 2nd DRUGS: Get the Facts 2020 event has been postponed

The landscape is evolving rapidly regarding the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), with institutions restricting large gatherings, federal and state agencies restricting travel and the Governor declaring a state of emergency in New Jersey. Considering these actions, the planning committee determined it is best to postpone the April 2nd DRUGS: Get the Facts 2020 Summit for a few months...
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April 2nd Drug Trends 2020 Event at Rider University

  Mercer Council and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County are partnering with Rider University, the County Prosecutor's Office and the American Academy of Pediatrics to discuss local and national drug trends on April 2nd at a countywide forum.  The event will be held from 6 - 8pm at the Barty Leudeke Center - Cavalla Room on Rider University's campus in Lawrence Township.  The ...
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PCMC (Prevention Coalition of Mercer County) staff members attend CADCA's 30th National Leadership Forum and Coalition Academy Graduation Ceremony

This week, Barbara Sprechman and Malissa Arnold  joined more than 3,000 substance misuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for CADCA's (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's) 30th Annual Leadership Forum at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.   CADCA's Forum covered a wide range of topics - everything from ho...
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Vigil Honors Overdose Awareness Day

    A vigil in a local park will bring awareness to addiction while honoring the individuals and families of those battling the disease.  An Overdose Awareness Day vigil is set for Tuesday, August 27th at Woolsey Park in Hopewell Township.  The event starts at 5:30pm and includes guest speakers, grief and recovery support and a candlelight memorial.  This is the fourth ann...
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Campfire NJ Celebrates the Work of Mercer Council's Very Own, Barbara Sprechman

Campfire NJ Celebrates the Work of Mercer Council's Very Own, Barbara Sprechman (From left to right: Campfire NJ Executive Director Jessica Nitti, Mercer Council Assistant Director Barbara Sprechman and Campfire Associate Executive Director Kelly Nitti)
(Barbara Sprechman gives her Community Champion Acceptance Speech) Last night, I was privleged to have attended Campfire NJ's 19th annual Golf Outing Fundraiser.  Campfire is a wonderful organization that serves the youth of our communities in a variety of ways.  Because of their dedication to and passion for shaping our youth, they deserve to be supported and celebrated.  It was a ...
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6th Annual Excellence in Prevention Awards Event

    Mercer Council and The Prevention Coalition of Mercer County are pleased to announce their 6th Annual Excellence in Prevention Awards breakfast to be held on Wednesday, June 12th.  This annual event honors those individuals, agencies, associations and companies from around the county that have made significant contributions over the past year to ensure the health, safety and wel...
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PCMC Holiday Breakfast: Accomplishments and Changes

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     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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