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COVID-19: Vaccine Rollout in New Jersey

by PIK

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...Learn More

Overdose Epidemic: How did it get this bad?

by PIK

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...Learn More

What Marijuana Legalization Means for New Jersey Youth

by Barbara Kauffman

After making marijuana legal to use for medical reasons in 2010, New Jersey has now made it legal to use for any reason. More than three months after New Jerseyans voted to legalize...Learn More

Recognizing and Dealing with Stress and Anxiety!

by PIK

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...Learn More

ACEs: A Call to Action

by Barbara Kauffman

ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. The first study was done in 1998 and followed the criteria in the above photo. The study was done in an area of mostly white, middle class, college...Learn More

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

by PIK

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...Learn More

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

by PIK

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...Learn More

Bringing ACEs Awareness to the Morris County Community

by Barbara Kauffman

Having been in the field of substance use disorder prevention for a very long time, I’m always anxious to find new research that helps us understand how to better serve the community, especially...Learn More

Compassion and Mutual Identification in Peer Work

by Patrick Roff

By Patrick Roff The mutuality created between “one alcoholic talking to another” has been the cornerstone of recovery since 1935. Webster’s dictionary defines “mutuality” using...Learn More