Twice a year, the DEA holds a prescription Take Back Day dedicated to disposing of old, unwanted, or unused medications. People across the nation participate in this unofficial holiday to help reduce the likelihood of someone misusing or abusing medications. You can drop your medications at any of the locations below from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 27th. If you are unable to participate on Saturday, there are permanent drop boxes located throughout Hudson County that can be accessed at any time!
On May 31, over 100 high school student athletes and coaches from throughout New Jersey gathered together at Monmouth University for the Miles Austin Student Athlete Conference. This unique event was coordinated by the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute and was sponsored by the Austin Family Foundation. Miles Austin had a ten year career with the NFL, most notably as a Dallas Cowboy. Austin attended LMTI as a teenager, and wanted to partner with LMTI to provide student athletes with the opportunity to develop leadership skills that they can use both on and off the field. Student athletes spent the day hearing from Austin, current NFL player DeMarco Murray, and other motivating presenters. They participated in workshops that focused on Developing a Winning Mindset, College Athletics, Leadership Skills On and Off the Field, and Maintaining your Motivation. Through a panel discussion, students were also able to ask questions and interact with Austin, Murray, sports psychologists, and collegiate athletes. For more information, please visit www.Lmteeninstitute.org
The Hudson County Coalition for a Drug-Free Community (HCCDFC) is committed to reducing youth substance use and educating our community through active projects. This year we participated in National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance use disorders, by hosting a county-wide event at the Bayonne Public Library called Hidden in Plain Sight on Wednesday, May 16th.
Hidden in Plain Sight is centered around a mock teenager’s bedroom where attendees are guided through the exhibit by prevention specialists that explain various substance use trends, paraphernalia and hiding spots, signs, symptoms, and lingo in an effort to raise awareness about substance use and provide resources for parents and community members to help keep their families healthy and drug-free. Immediately following the exhibit and presentation, a panel of professionals was made available for an open discuss and Q&A session with the audience. The panel consisted of representation from: the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Bayonne Public Schools, Bayonne Police Department, CarePoint Health, The Hudson County Department of Health & Human Services, Partners in Prevention, and the recovery community.