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.
Pascrell Announces $50,000 in Drug Prevention Grants
Federal grants will fund community initiatives in Hudson County to combat substance abuse WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $50,000 to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Hudson County to assist the organization in combatting youth substance abuse. The grant was made available through the Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crisis Program. “The opioid epidemic has been a plague on families and communities throughout our country,” said Rep. Pascrell. “We must do everything we can on the federal level to secure the resources necessary to combat this problem head-on. This grant money will help NCADD bolster its efforts in Hudson County to protect our communities from the harmful impacts of opioid and substance abuse. I am always committed to seeing that Garden State towns and cities receive every penny of federal resources that they need to tackle our most pressing problems. As long as this epidemic persists, I will continue to fight for funding that will directly support local efforts to address opioid abuse and misuse in our communities.”
“The CARA grant broadens our coalition’s efforts to decrease the misuse of prescription medications in Hudson County,” said Yaisa Coronado, Program Director for Hudson County Coalition and Associate Executive Director for Partners in Prevention. “We will utilize this funding to implement environmental strategies that bring awareness and impact change by partnering with health professionals, law enforcement, and other community leaders. We appreciate this opportunity to increase our prevention services and thank the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the award and Congressman Pascrell for his support of this grant.”
“This grant will go a long way in combatting opioid and substance abuse in our community,” said Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli. “I want to thank NCADD of Hudson County for their work on this important issue and Congressman Pascrell for his efforts in making this grant possible.” “We need to recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis and that addiction and substance abuse are health issues of great concern in our communities. The drug prevention grants are vital towards combating this epidemic,” said Kearny Mayor Alberto G. Santos.
Background on CARA The Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grants to Address Local Drug Crisis Program was created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, which was strongly supported by Rep. Pascrell. The goal of this program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-to-18 in communities throughout the United States. ###
he Education Department has been informing high school students and their parents about Substance Abuse Awareness. At Bayonne High school they collaborated with the Coalition Department to provide an engaging workshop on the Opioid Epidemic / Fentanyl Crisis to 3 groups of 12th grade students.
At Union City High School the Education Department, Coalition Department and LMTI joined forces to provide parents with pertinent information about identify substance use in teens, the dangers and types of new drugs on the streets, and methods that teach youth to reach their full potential and make healthy life choices.
The Education Department had the opportunity to provide a workshop at Sara M. Gilmore, in Union City. This workshop touched on how to communicate effectively with our youth about drugs, alcohol and bullying.
One of the goals of the Hudson County Coalition for a Drug Free Community aims to reduce prescription drug misuse here in Hudson County. To further expand on that goal, Partners in Prevention recently applied for two grant opportunities and was successful in receiving additional funding to address opioid use, not limited to prescription drugs, among senior and student athlete populations. Partners in Prevention looks forward to putting the funding back into the community in the form of our prevention services.
This winter, schools in Salem County were trained by LMTI staff about the dangers of underage drinking. The students were eager to see how they could be part of the solution and as a result, the students implemented our “Please ID Me” Campaign. Woodstown, Pennsville, and AP Schalick High Schools partnered with local liquor stores and bars to talk about the importance of asking for identification and properly verifying it; they also provided new signage and updated information for the establishments to display. In the Spring, the students will work with parents in their communities to implement the “Please Don’t Risk It” Campaign. This project was funded by the Salem Health & Wellness Foundation.