PIK – Prevention is Key

What is the Partnership for Success?

Author: PIK

What is the Partnership for Success?

By Carly Sinnott The Partnership For Success (PFS) from SAMHSA is focused on reducing prescription drug and heroin abuse among 12 – 25 year old youth. It is meant to strengthen prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community and state

How Can I Set Goals During Time of Uncertainty?

By Katy Bednarsky If the past year has taught us anything, it is that we can place so much time, energy, and focus into planning for the future when so much can change without warning. Unexpected, and frankly unprecedented things

Building Resiliency during COVID-19

by B Teed The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many stressful challenges to our daily lives.  We’ve learned how to social distance to reduce the spread of COVID-19, leaving us feeling lonely and isolated.  We’ve learned how to work remotely while

The Impact of COVID-19 & Young Athletes

How to Keep Our Young Athletes Healthy & Safe By Ashley Brown As new sports season begin, it is important to start slow & build gradually. The pandemic has undoubtedly challenged the processes and protocols of our sports seasons and

COVID-19: Vaccine Rollout in New Jersey

By Matt McGovern         The past year has been the most challenging time of our lives in facing the COVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey has been particularly hit hard by this virus. In the state, there have been more than 726,000 confirmed

Overdose Epidemic: How did it get this bad?

By Samantha Neville, LSW The CDC has identified three distinctive waves of the opioid overdose epidemic. The first wave began around the 1990s with the massive increase in prescription opioids and the resulting misuse of prescription opioids leading to fatal

Recognizing and Dealing with Stress and Anxiety!

By Nissim Hayes, Youth Mentor Life constantly comes with its stressors and anxiety inducing problems and the current state of the world certainly does not help! It’s important to figure out what triggers us as an individual and know what

Overdose Fatality Review Team Launched in Morris County

Multi-Agency Effort to Review and Combat Rise in Overdose Deaths An Overdose Fatality Review Team (OFRT) is being launched in Morris County through a partnership between Prevention is Key (PIK) and the Morris County Division of Public Health to combat

15-5-21: What does this mean to you?

Kids who start drinking before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to develop an alcohol dependency problem than those who waited until the legal age of 21. Research shows that young people’s brains keep developing well into

The Argument for New Jersey Statewide Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Substance misuse, mental illness and suicide have reached alarming levels in all New Jersey communities. For instance, the annual fatal overdose rate for 15-24 year olds was more than 9% from 2006-2015. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)