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If this is an Emergency

If you are in crisis, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Help Contact Numbers

Mercer County Crisis Center 609-396-4357

Mercer Opioid Overdose Recovery Program 24/7 609-651-1623

NJ Suicide Helpline 1-855-654-6735

Addictions Hotline of NJ 1-877-652-1148/ 211

Addiction Hotline 1-800-238-2333

Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-572-7233

Child Care Help Line 1-800-332-9227

ReachNJ Helpline 1-844-ReachNJ

Veteran's Counseling Hotline 1-866-838-7654

Start the Conversation: Opioids

Teen brains are still developing into the mid twenties and are susceptible to life long effects from substance misuse.  See how Joel and his dad Jamie learn about the dangers and addiction potential of opioid use from Joel's pediatrician on this short video.  Feel free to share this important message with parents, spread it through social media, or post the link to your website.

When to Seek Help

If you’re worried about your own drug or alcohol use, here are some of the warning signs to look for:

  • Often taking more of the substance for a longer period than intended
  • Ongoing desire or unsuccessful efforts to reduce use
  • Great deal of time spent to obtain, use, or recover from substance
  • Craving the substance
  • Failure to fulfill obligations at work, home, or school as a result of continued use
  • Continued use despite ongoing relationship problems caused or worsened by use
  • Giving up or reducing social, occupational, or recreational activities because of use
  • Repeated use in physically dangerous situations (like drinking or using other drugs while driving)
  • Continued use despite ongoing physical or mental health problems caused or worsened by use
  • Developing tolerance (feeling less effect from the substance with continued use)
  • Withdrawal symptoms if substance is reduced or discontinued

There are many signs, both physical and behavioral, that may indicate drug use in a friend or family member. Each drug has its own unique manifestations, but there are some general indications that a person is using drugs:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Mood swings; irritable and grumpy and then suddenly happy and bright
  • Withdrawal from family members
  • Careless about personal grooming
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports and other favorite activities
  • Changed sleeping pattern; up at night and sleeping during the day
  • Red or glassy eyes

Contact us with more questions 

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Steps to Action Recovery Treatment is a project sponsored by the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County, The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Mercer County Police Chiefs Association. This information packet is designed to provide assistance and information for people in need of treatment for addiction.

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For youth and families to thrive in a safe and healthy environment, communities must address the numerous risk factors that lead to the early use of alcohol and other drugs, often the first step on a path to addiction.

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Our suggested collection of resources and fact sheets providing you with the facts and infoirmation you need to make choices.

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For Schools

Mercer Council offers many evidence-based programs for youth from Kindergarten to 12th grade that are recognized by The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). All programs are facilitated by an Education Specialist and include interactive lessons/activities that create positive learning experiences to increase the likelihood that youth will make responsible, healthy choices.

For Families

Mercer Council identifies the essential role of the family in building resiliency in our young people as well as serving as a foundation for a healthy community.  We offer a variety of family programs that enhance skills to strengthen family bonds and build on parental involvement. 

For Communities

Mercer Council envisions a healthy, safe and responsible community.  We believe positive community change happens through community partnerships and collaborative efforts.  We have many programs and services available to the community which we provide to individuals, groups and even entire municipalities.
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Our Office

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

Tel - (609) 396-5874
Email -
Hours - Mon - Fri 8am - 4pm


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