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The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., an affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), is a private nonprofit organization serving Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County. The Council provides a wide range ofservices to families, schools, businesses, individuals and the community at large regardless of ability to pay, ethnicity, race, gender, age and/or sexual orientation.
PRO-ACT is the regional nonprofit organization working to mobilize and rally individuals in recovery from addiction, as well as their families, friends and allies in a campaign to end discrimination, broaden social understanding and achieve a just response to addiction as a public health crisis.
This is a screening of a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery, and the emerging public recovery movement that will transform how alcohol and other drug problems are dealt with in our communities.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Holy Family University ETC Auditorium Corner of Frankford and Grant Avenues, Philadelphia, PA (plenty of free parking)
A catered VIP Reception will be held prior to the screening and will offer attendees the opportunity to talk with business leaders, legislators, experts in the field, the filmmaker and others
The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, public figures, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and finally shift public policy toward lasting solutions.
Help us to change the conversation from problems to solutions for America's top health problem!
Any funds raised through this event will be used to support Advocacy and Recovery
Young adults who receive health insurance through their
parents’ plans because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are more likely
to use the coverage to treat substance abuse, mental illness or
pregnancy, compared with their peers who already had coverage, a new
These three conditions accounted for 60 percent of hospital claims
for young adults who were enrolled in their parents’ health plans in
2011, as a result of ACA, according to The Hill. The findings come from a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).
In contrast, substance abuse, mental illness and pregnancy accounted
for about one-third of claims in a group of young people who were
already enrolled in their parents’ plan before healthcare reform took
effect. Under ACA, health plans that provide dependent coverage must let
young adults remain on their parents’ plan until they are 26.
As a result of the law, 3.1 million young adults have gained
coverage, EBRI estimates. The uninsured rate among young people ages 19
to 25 has fallen significantly over the past several years.
The EBRI study found young people enrolled in their parents’ plan
after 2011, when the provision took effect, spent an average of 15
percent more on healthcare, compared with their peers who were already
on their parents’ plan.
An international effort is underway to identify and ban new synthetic drugs earlier, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Last month, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which is
affiliated with the United Nations (UN), called synthetic drugs “a
growing threat to public health, as seen by increased emergency room
admissions and calls to poison centers.”
The INCB called on nations to prevent the manufacture, trafficking
and abuse of these substances. “In recent years, there has been an
unprecedented surge in the abuse of new psychoactive substances,” INCB
President Raymond Yans said in a statement.
“In Europe alone almost one new substance is appearing every week.
Previously, between 2000 and 2005 there were an average of five
notifications of new substances per year. Clear action must be taken now
by governments to prevent and deal with the abuse of these so-called
‘legal highs’ which are already a threat to public health and pose a
significant challenge to public health systems.”
After INCB released a list of more than 1,000 compounds that have
entered the market in the last five years, 55 countries voted to create
an international warning system that will be coordinated through the UN
Office on Drugs and Crime. The system will allow countries to quickly
share data when investigators first learn about compounds, such as in
online chat rooms.
By sharing information, countries with sophisticated labs, such as
the United States, can help countries without such facilities to ban
compounds more quickly.
Yans noted synthetic drugs are sold online from countries where they
are legal to nations where they are illegal. China is the main source of
chemical compounds used in these drugs, he said. Most of the
ingredients are legal there, he added. U.S. officials, after four years
of urging China to ban these substances, have only been able to get the
country to ban mephedrone, which is marketed in the United States as
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More than 100 entertainers, civil rights leaders and other
notable citizens have signed a letter to President Obama, asking him to
change the nation’s drug laws. The group is urging him to replace jail
sentences with intervention and rehabilitation for non-violent drug
offenders, the Associated Press reports.
They asked the president to form a panel to deal with clemency
requests, and to support a measure to let judges waive mandatory minimum
“The greatest victims of the prison industrial complex are our nation’s children,” the letter
states. “Hundreds of thousands of children have lost a parent to long
prison sentences for non-violent drug offenses, leaving these children
to fend for themselves. Many of these children end up in the criminal
justice system, which comes as no surprise as studies have shown the
link between incarceration and broken families, juvenile delinquency,
violence and poverty.”
Celebrities who signed the letter include Scarlett Johansson, Kim
Kardashian, Will Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj and Susan Sarandon.
The letter was also signed by civil rights leaders and advocates such
as Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and Rev. Jesse
Jackson. Hip-hop magnate Russell Simmons helped assemble the group, the
AP notes. Some religious leaders, politicians, music industry
executives, academics, business leaders and athletes also added their
A new poll finds 52 percent of Americans say doctors should
have limits on the amount and dosage of pain medication they are
allowed to prescribe. Almost half of those surveyed said prescription
drug addiction is a major U.S. health problem.
was commissioned by the advocacy group Research!America, which is using
the results to encourage better research on chronic pain, The Hill reports.
“We need to better understand addiction,” Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley said in a statement.
“We shouldn’t shy away from research on new pain treatments based on
fears of abuse. The suffering is simply too great. More robust
investment in research and the engagement and support of policy makers
and health care providers are essential to developing effective
strategies to reduce the prevalence of addiction.”
The group found 18 percent of respondents believe chronic pain is a
major health problem, but 63 percent know someone who has taken
prescription medication for severe pain.
A party drug known as “Benzo Fury” can have dangerous
consequences, a new study of rodents suggests. It has both stimulant and
hallucinogenic effects, Reuters reports. The drug is a synthetic, laboratory-designed substance.
Benzo Fury can be purchased online, and is popular in Britain and the
United States, the article notes. Researchers at Britain’s University
of Roehampton found the drug produced an effect on the brains of rats
that was similar to hallucinogenic, addictive drugs such as cocaine or
amphetamines. It may lead to high blood pressure by constricting blood
vessels, the researchers said.
“It’s in the combination of these stimulant and hallucinogenic
properties that the greatest danger lies,” said lead researcher Jolanta
Opacka-Juffry. She presented her findings at the British Neuroscience
Association conference in London. She added, “It’s possible that the
reason these drugs are so popular is because they are seen as safer than
their illegal counterparts,” so it is “important to challenge such
Alcohol is the number one drug problem in the United States
and it impacts every single person in our country, either directly or
indirectly. Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism
and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has sponsored NCADD Alcohol Awareness
Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma,
encourage individuals and families to seek help and to engage local
communities in bringing attention to alcoholism and alcohol-related
This April, NCADD has chosen the theme, “Help for Today, Hope for
Tomorrow.” During the month of April, NCADD’s national network of
affiliates as well as schools, colleges, churches, and countless other
community organizations will sponsor thousands of activities that create
awareness and encourage individuals and families to get help for
Why is Alcohol Awareness Month so important?
18 million people age 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder.
Alcohol causes about 80,000 deaths per year. It is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.
Alcohol costs our society $225 billion in lost productivity, health care, accidents, etc.
One in four children grows up in a home with an alcohol problem.
Of particular concern to NCADD is alcohol use by young people because
it is extremely dangerous. Alcohol is directly associated with traffic
fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose,
prescription drug overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors.
Annually, over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related
injuries and thousands more are injured.
Here are some specific facts as they relate to young people and alcohol:
Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—almost five per day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries.
Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.
Reducing underage drinking requires a cooperative effort from
parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders, government
agencies, the entertainment industry, alcohol manufacturers/retailers
and young people.
Alcohol awareness is essential for the health of our country. As a
nation, we need to wake up to the reality that for some, alcoholism and
addiction develop at a young age and that intervention, treatment and
recovery support are essential for them and their families. And, as a
result of NCADD’s work and countless others, millions of individuals and
families are living life in recovery.
For more information about NCADD Alcohol Awareness, visit the NCADD website at: www.ncadd.org.
The head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
(ONDCP), Gil Kerlikowske, said there has been significant progress in
disrupting illegal drug trafficking. He spoke in Tucson, Arizona, during
a visit to inspect border security operations.
Kerlikowske said there has been an increase in communication with Mexican officials, according to Cronkite News Service.
“We have, as we know, increased our drug seizures along the border
significantly, the seizure of firearms going south and the seizure of
money, which is critical for cutting off the head of the snake of the
cartels,” he said.
by ONDCP noted between 2009 and 2012, the Department of Homeland
Security seized 39 percent more drugs along the Southwest border
compared with 2005 to 2008. ONDCP has funded 18 Drug-Free Communities
within 100 miles of the border in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and
Texas. These coalitions provide outreach services to young people to
prevent drug use before it begins.
Kerlikowske told the news service there has been a decline in use of
cocaine and methamphetamine in the United States, but law enforcement
continues to be challenged by synthetic drug use. “Synthetic drugs,
which can be produced anywhere, are a serious concern, but I think that
the more education and prevention we do, that works the best,” he said.
A bill that would allow doctors to prescribe the
opioid-overdose antidote naloxone is expected to be signed this summer
by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Cincinnati.com reports. The bill also would allow pharmacists to distribute the antidote.
Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan,
safely reverses the potentially fatal side effects of an overdose of
oxycodone, heroin and other opioids. It has been routinely used by
emergency rooms and ambulance crews for decades. In the past few years,
naloxone has been distributed free to opioid users and their loved ones,
in a growing number of sites around the country.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
found that widely distributing naloxone, and training people in how to
use it, could save many lives. It has successfully reversed more than
10,000 drug overdoses since 1996, according to the CDC report. Naloxone
is not effective in treating drug overdoses that do not involve opioids.
“It is clearly defined that people are dying from opiate overdoses –
whether by prescribed medications or heroin,” Northern Kentucky public
health activist Dr. Jeremy Engel told Cincinnati.com. “Either way, with
this medication lives have been saved. Once your life’s been saved you
have a chance to make better choices. If you’re dead, you don’t. I think
it’s a win-win-win.”
Researchers at UCLA are studying a drug they hope will treat methamphetamine addiction, The Huffington Post reports. In a small study, the drug, Ibudilast, appeared to be safe and eased meth addiction.
The study included 11 people addicted to meth who were not seeking
treatment. Some received the drug, and others got a placebo. The trial
was the first of three phases of human testing required by the Food and
Drug Administration for approval. It was meant to evaluate the safety of
the drug taken in combination with meth, the article notes.
“Very preliminary results would indicate that Ibudilast may dampen
craving and improve cognitive functioning,” said Dr. Aimee Swanson,
co-investigator on the trial and research director at the UCLA Center
for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine.
There are currently no drugs approved to treat meth addiction, the
article notes. Counseling, in-patient rehabilitation or 12-Step groups
often are not effective in treating meth addiction, Swanson said.
“When we see people come to participate in the trial, it’s really
their last resort,” Swanson said. “Many of them can no longer hold down a
job, they have strained relationships with family members. Gone went
the cars, gone went the business, gone went the house, gone went the
kids. The main focus of this person’s life is using meth.”
Swanson noted Ibudilast may prevent activation of central nervous
system cells called glial cells that have been linked to drug
dependence. “When you’re on meth, your whole brain is saying, ‘I need
meth,’” she said. “If you could block meth from interfering with glial,
it would allow the messages that you would like to be sending and
receiving to actually get to your brain.”
The study took place in a hospital unit, which participants were not
allowed to leave for three weeks. They received intravenous injections
of meth two to three times per week while they were treated with
The researchers will now move on to further testing, which will be
funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, according to the
Experts are meeting this week to discuss how to stop the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, according to the Orlando Sentinel. They include leaders from government, the pharmaceutical industry, and public health and safety groups.
At the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit
in Orlando, Florida, R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of
National Drug Control Policy, said the number of people who abused
prescription drugs dropped from 7 million people in 2010, to 6.1 million
in 2011. Prescription drug use by young adults ages 18 to 25 is also on
the decline, the article notes.
Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration,
said a key step in reducing prescription drug abuse is the development
of abuse-deterrent formulas.
Speakers also talked about the need to strengthen state prescription
drug monitoring programs. These systems should be actively analyzed, and
used in real time, to prevent patients from doctor shopping, they
Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, said the nation needs a holistic approach to prescription
drug abuse, which includes a combination of education, social changes,
law enforcement, the healthcare industry and government working
Drug-related deaths increased 3 percent in 2010, and preliminary figures indicate the upward trend continued in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reports. The increase was largely driven by prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
“While most things are getting better in the health world, this
isn’t,” said Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, which released the new figures. “It’s a big problem, and
it’s getting worse,” he told the newspaper. “The data supporting
long-term use of opiates for pain, other than cancer pain, is scant to
nonexistent. These are dangerous drugs. They’re not proven to have
long-term benefit for non-cancer pain, and they’re being used to the
detriment to hundreds of thousands of people in this country.”
In 2010, overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers increased
to 16,651. That represented 43 percent of all deadly overdoses.
Frieden advocates the use of computerized drug monitoring systems
that track prescriptions for painkillers and other commonly abused
Almost one in five boys of high school age, and 11 percent
of school-age children overall, have received a medical diagnosis of
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States,
according to new government data.
Many doctors are concerned that ADHD diagnoses and medication are overused in children, The New York Times reports.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found an
estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 to 17 had received an ADHD
diagnosis at some point. This represents a 16 percent increase since
2007, and a 53 percent increase in the past 10 years.
The findings come from a CDC study of children’s health issues, which
included interviews with more than 76,000 parents nationwide.
About two-thirds of those diagnosed with ADHD receive prescriptions
for stimulant drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin. These drugs, while they
can be very effective in treating the disorder, also have the potential
for addiction, anxiety and even psychosis, the article notes.
The American Psychiatric Association is soon expected to change the
definition of ADHD, in order to allow more people to receive the
diagnosis and treatment, according to the newspaper.
A growing number of high school students are using ADHD drugs to help them get better grades.
Teens get them from friends, buy them from student dealers, or pretend
to have ADHD in order to get prescriptions. Abusing these drugs can lead
to mood swings and depression, heart irregularities and extreme
exhaustion or even psychosis during withdrawal, according to medical
experts. There is little evidence about the long-term effects of young
people abusing these stimulants.
CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden told the newspaper, “We need to
ensure balance. The right medications for ADHD, given to the right
people, can make a huge difference. Unfortunately, misuse appears to be
growing at an alarming rate.”
is running out!! Please encourage your clients, friends or family to
register for the “Celebrating Families” program for women in recovery
and their children (ages 3-18).
It is very important that anyone interested contact Diane Catherwood to complete registration for participation! I have included the attached flyer here again for you to pass along.
Space is limited!
Families” consists of 13 weekly sessions and includes a FREE family
meal. There will also be lots of giveaways and incentives throughout
the program cycle, as well as FREE social
activities outside the program sessions.
Families” is a program to help strengthen families and break the cycle
of addiction to the next generation. Some of the topics include:
Healthy Living, Communication, Feelings
& Defenses, Chemical Dependency Affects the Whole Family, Goal
Setting, Healthy Boundaries, and more!
If you have any questions, please contact me any time.
Parents who discuss drinking with their teens before they
start college can influence their children’s drinking behavior once they
are at school, a new study suggests.
A parental talk can reduce the chances that light drinkers will
become heavier drinkers, and increase the odds that teens who already
drink heavily will reduce their drinking or stop, Time.com reports.
Effective strategies can include discussing why some teens drink and
others don’t, and the potential dangers of drinking too much, the
The study included 1,900 students and their parents, who were
surveyed in the summer before the teens started college, and again in
the fall of the teens’ freshman and sophomore years. The parents were
divided into four groups. One group was given a handbook to guide
discussions. The book provided tips on starting casual and nonjudgmental
conversations, as well as information on the risks of underage
A second group used the handbook, as well as “booster” discussions. A
third group did not talk about drinking with their children until they
had already begun school, and a fourth group was not given any
instructions on talking with their children about drinking.
Before the study began, 51 percent of students described themselves
as nondrinkers, 30 percent said they drank heavily on some weekends, and
15 percent drank moderately on weekends. An additional 5 percent said
they were frequent, heavy drinkers. After 15 months of college, only 25
percent were nondrinkers and 29 percent were heavy drinkers.
Students whose parents talked to them about drinking before they left
for school were 20 times more likely to have healthier drinking
patterns, including not drinking at all, than they were to stay heavy
drinkers 15 months later.
The researchers found parental talks were effective only if they took place before students left for college.
United Parcel Service (UPS) has agreed to settle an investigation into online pharmacy shipments, The Wall Street Journal
reports. The company will forfeit $40 million in payments it received
from illicit online pharmacies, and will not be prosecuted.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California’s
investigation of UPS was part of the government’s efforts to stop
illegal sales of prescription painkillers, the newspaper notes.
UPS also will implement a compliance program designed to ensure that
illegal online pharmacies will not be able to use the company’s services
to distribute drugs. According to a news release
from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “UPS has cooperated fully with the
investigation and has already taken steps to ensure that illegal
Internet pharmacies can no longer use its services to ship drugs.”
“We are pleased with the steps UPS has taken to stop the use of its
shipping services by illegal online pharmacies,” said U.S. Attorney
Melinda Haag. “Good corporate citizens like UPS play an important role
in halting the flow of illegal drugs that degrade our nation’s
communities. We are hopeful that the leadership displayed by UPS through
this compliance program will set the standard for the parcel delivery
industry and will materially assist the federal government in its battle
against illegal Internet pharmacies.”
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, UPS knew that Internet
pharmacies were using its services to distribute controlled substances
and prescription drugs without valid prescriptions, but did not
implement procedures to close the shipping accounts of those pharmacies.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is also investigating FedEx over similar issues. FedEx was not part of the settlement announced last week.
From 8:00 to 10:00 am, please join COA for a delicious flapjack breakfast at the Applebee's Restaurant on Rt. 33 in
modest price of $8 per person will entitle you to all the flapjacks,
sausage, coffee and orange juice you can consume, all delivered by
friendly volunteer Angels! This is an important fundraiser for COA,
since COA receives $5.50 of each ticket. To watch a video of the last
Breakfast with the Angels, click the video link on the left.
To help us plan, please purchase your ticket/s in advance. To purchase your tickets online now, click here. Your name will be on a VIP list and your table will be waiting for you when you arrive.For
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purchase up to 10 tickets.
Thursday, April 4: Volunteer Meeting
Have some extra time? Want to make a difference? City of Angels needs you!
are now planning several major events for later in 2013 and need people
to help with event planning, promotion, staffing and other critical
tasks. Come to the volunteer
meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 4 at the Dwier Center (392 Church
Street, Groveville, NJ) and find out how you can get involved. Pizza
from Family Nest Italian Restaurant will be served, and maybe a few other goodies....
If you would like to volunteer but can't get to the meeting, contact COA's Director of Volunteers, Lynn Cranstoun, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dwier Center Detour
For the next nine months, the bridge over Route 130, immediately in
front of the Dwier Center, will be closed for construction. Here are
the directions to go around the mess: At the five-way intersection by
Picerno's Gas Station and the old fashioned clock, proceed straight onto
South Broad Street instead of taking the right onto Church Street. Go
straight on South Broad for about 1/2 mile, then turn right onto Main
Street. Continue another 1/2 mile, then take a right onto Church Street.
You will see Family Nest Italian Specialty Restaurant on the righthand
corner. Dwier Center will be on the right, just down the road. For questions about alternative routes, contact email@example.com.
COA hosts support group meetings
for both addiction sufferers and their families every day of the week
at the Dwier Center (392 Church Street, Groveville, NJ). This includes
12-step meetings, a new Thursday night veteran's support group, Saturday
night self-injury support group, Sunday night Spirituality Meeting, and
the popular Sunday morning family support group, The Breakfast Club. To check out our online calendar, click here.
The COA website now offers an Addiction News Feed
with the latest studies, reports, new and other info on addiction. It's
updated in real time with the top 30 articles. To read the feed, click here.
New videos are up on the COA YouTube channel. To watch, click here.
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of Angels NJ, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides many
services to addicts and their families including interventions, recovery
support, Family Program, counseling services and more. All of our
services are provided at no charge.