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National Runaway Prevention Month

No one ever imagines their child will just vanish one day. However, commercial sexual exploitation of minors is one of the various sad realities of why children leave home. November is National Runaway Prevention Month. In shining a light on the intersection of substance use and sex trafficking of minors, MCADA wants to highlight that the leading f...

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Continuing to Fight Back Against the Opioid Epidemic, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Holds National Rx Drug Take Back Day this Saturday October 23rd from 10am - 2pm

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In 2020, there were 3,046 suspected drug-related deaths in New Jersey (source:  NJ Department of Law and Public Safety).  Many of these deaths involved opioids including heroin, fentanyl as well as prescription painkillers.  According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a majori...

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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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HELP!

September is Suicide Prevention Month. While ASYSST is assisting students throughout the year, suicide is one of the many areas we focus on. This year's theme is HELP, take one post one. There is a help sign posted outside of one of our offices, students can take a Post-It Note with a positive affirmation that speaks to or means something to him/he...

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Talking Points For Teens

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Choosing what to eat for dinner is a simple decision we can make without much thought. Difficult decisions such as where to go for college require careful and more serious thinking. In this session of Talking Points for Teens, the focus will be on making those tough decisions. We will examine the pros and cons for the different outcomes of each tou...

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Mercer Council OORP Wishes You a Happy Recovery Month!

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OORP's Dream Team of Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, spread hope and healing as they reflect on the gift of recovery and what being in recovery means to them!   For some Recovery Month inspiration, check out what they have to say!  πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Marc North, Stacey Ross, James Boozan, Brian Bittings, Jon Macciocca, Dave...

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The Jewish High Holy Days and Their Relationship to the Recovery Community

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The sound of the Shofar (ram's horn) is the signal that the Days of Awe, the ten-day period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur has begun. This is a period of serious introspection and soul-searching. It is a time to heal hurts, offer apologies, mend misunderstandings, and right wrongs. These 10 days are considered the most sacred on the Jewish calend...

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Classified - Prevention Educator position

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Mercer Council is looking to hire a full time Prevention Educator.   Prevention Educator will offer a variety of prevention curricula in Mercer County schools and community organizations. Bachelor's degree required. Social service field preferred. We are also looking for team members who have the ability to split their time betw...

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2021 Team at ASYSST is Ready For The First Day of School

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Our ASYSST (Available School Youth Support Services Team) has changed and is ready to assist the students at Ewing High this school year. We welcome our new Program Director, Dan Winter, our new Mental Health Clinician, Carly Scanlon, and our returning Developmental Specialist, Shakita Johnson. They are excited and have a lot of great things planne...

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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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PCMC Partners with the PDFNJ to Promote Important Public Health Messages Around Youth and Marijuana Use

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The Prevention Coalition of Mercer County is teaming up with The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey to promote the 2021 public health campaign that focuses on raising awareness of the risks associated with adolescent use of marijuana.  "The recent legislation passed in New Jersey making retail cannabis legal for those 21 yea...

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When you Need a Hand to Hold, ASYSST will be there

On July 20, 2021 the students of ASYSST Summer Camp demonstrated an act of goodwill by providing their time and services to the community. During this day of summer camp, the students put together grief bags for the Hand to Hold organization that is housed at Ewing High School (EHS). These bags are given out to students and staff in need, but mainl...

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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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Did You Know July is Disability Pride Month?

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July 26, 1990, was a date many people in the United States celebrated due to the passing of The Americans with Disabilities Act. This law, signed by President George H.W. Bush, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. It is not nationally recognized, but due to the historic nature of such an event, it is celebrated in the United S...

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Mercer Council Staff Meetings

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Mercer Council has held virtual staff meetings since the beginning of the pandemic last year, so it was great to finally get back together for some face to face interaction outside our building in the parking lot area this past week.   We welcome two new members to our School Based Youth Services Program ASYSST:  Carly...

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ASYSST Summer Camp

Summer Camp is back at Ewing High School.  It is a first come first served, up to 15 students can attend. Students will enjoy a variety of activities, games, and 3 field trips throughout the summer. Please see the attached flier for further information and to sign up.

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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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June Is Pride Month (And So Much More) - Let’s Talk About It!

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As June is Pride Month, as well as Canadian National Indigenous History month there is a recognized need to provide services in areas that may seem more unreachable. To provide resources to a population that may not have otherwise been given access to information is an important part of prevention education. This gives the opportunity to educators ...

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Shattering the Stigma Events

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. A huge part of being aware, and hopefully moving on to acceptance, is removing the stigma associated with mental health, and getting help for mental health challenges. Mercer Council and Prevention Coalition of Mercer County is proud to have been a part of several events calling to shatter the stigma ...

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Mercer Council on Alcoholism & Drug Addiction
1931 Brunswick Avenue
Lawrence Township, NJ  08648

Tel - (609) 396-5874
Email - mcada@mercercouncil.org
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