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Come To The Essex County Opioid Use Prevention Task Force Meeting – July 17, 2018, at 5 P.M. at Caldwell University.

ESSEX COUNTY OPIOID USE PREVENTON TASK FORCE                              RLHEALTHGUIDE@GMAIL.COM   862 485-8811

Dear Parents and Guardians,

TRC has launched an Opioid Abuse Reduction Task Force (OTF).  The OTF will meet monthly to discuss the opioid epidemic, the initiatives presently in place and the areas that still need to be addressed.   Our OTF is modeled after the Morris County Opioid Task Force, which has had some positive results.

We are inviting residents, adolescents too,  as well as local, county and state government officials and law enforcement, Municipal Alliances, civic organizations, schools, clergy, pharmacies, prevention and treatment and pediatric dentists, doctors and other healthcare service providers.  There is nobody who is not affected by the opioid epidemic … and it takes everybody to eradicate it.

Our first meeting was hosted by Dr. Durr and The Restoration Center Inc in Newark.  Our next meeting on July 17th  is hosted by Mayor Ann Dassing and  The Borough of Caldwell. Please let us know if your municipality would like to host our next monthly meetings.  

The opioid crisis has received much attention in the United States. More people than ever are dying from opioid overdose; in 2017, over 64,000 people were killed by opioids. In October 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and pledged resources to address it, as President Obama did in 2016.  Here in N.J. both Governor Murphy and Governor Christie have done the same.  The County of Essex has the highest rate of opioid deaths in N.J.

All adolescents are at risk for misusing opioids, there are a wide range of factors that can either increase the risk of prescription drug misuse or help protect against it. There are a number of concrete ways that parents, family members, and other concerned adults can help prevent opioid misuse among adolescents. The fact that the adolescent brain is still growing means that teens are vulnerable to addiction, but the adolescent brain also is ripe for learning healthy habits and behavior   (US Department of Health and Human Services)

JOIN US ON TUESDAY, JULY 17TH                                                                                                                    To listen, learn, ask questions and join in the discussion of keeping your child healthy and safe from opioid use. This discussion needs to begin when your children are young, don’t wait until high school to discuss the ill-effects of opioids and other drugs.  

 5PM LIGHT DINNER, 5:30PM MEETING BEGINS

CALDWELL UNIVERSITY                                                                                                        Bloomfield Avenue Caldwell Alumni Theater

Contact Robin to R.S.V.P  rlhealthguide@gmail.com  (862) 485-8811 “

 

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NJ Dept. of Education Seeks Your Input on Statewide Assessment Plans.

cropped-logo_sepac1blue.jpg PRESS HERE TO ACCESS THE ASSESSMENT INTEREST FORM

“This form is for all individuals interested in joining one of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)’s Statewide Assessment Collaboratives. These Collaboratives will represent interested stakeholders from across New Jersey who have direct and diverse experiences with the realities of statewide assessments and who represent various New Jersey education and community stakeholder groups.

The Collaboratives will meet for a single half-day to reflect on experiences and to form recommendations for the future of statewide assessment in New Jersey. We are particularly interested in perspectives on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments, which are the current statewide assessments for English language arts/literacy and math.

All feedback will be recorded and responded to in a document to be published this summer. The NJDOE is looking to host and to hear from different participants at each gathering of approximately 40-60 attendees. The number of Collaboratives and specific meeting locations will be based on interest and are expected to be announced on May 11.

If you are interested in participating in a Statewide Assessment Collaborative, please complete and submit by May 8 11:59 P.M.

Please noteWe are collecting personal information on the interest form with the sole purpose of building a diverse community of stakeholders at every meeting. Your information will not be shared or used for any other purposes. This is an initial form to gauge interest. The NJDOE will make every effort to include all interested individuals who submit a complete survey by the above deadline. However, due to space, location and time constraints, not every person who is interested may be able to participate in the Statewide Assessment Collaborative. We will notify you when dates, times and locations are finalized. We will also be contacting you when the listening tour dates and online questionnaire launch.”