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CUMBERLAND COUNTY HEALTHY COMMUNITIES COALITION AN INITIATIVE OF: THE SOUTHWEST COUNCIL, INC.

Jessica Kanady Project Director jessica@southwestcouncil.org P: 856.794.1011 ext. 302 Michael Regenelli Project Coordinator michael@southwestcouncil.org P: 856.794.1011 ext. 303 Chair Elections this September! Vice Chair Michael DeLeon Editor Brian Kanady Meetings are held at The Southwest Council, Inc. 1405 N. Delsea Dr. Vineland, NJ 08360 Joseph Williams SWC Executive Director INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Scker Shock 1 Campaign at Bubba’s Fake - ID training

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New Beginnings

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Eat Wings, Raise Funds

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Ladies and Gentleman, Meet Molly...

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Molly contd.

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Reducing substance abuse among youth in Cumberland County V O L U M E

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BUBBA’S LIQUOR STORE, A PARTNER IN PREVENTION Michael Regenelli The CCHCC and SCRATCH coali-ons con-nued their collabora-on in Cumberland County by organizing a Scker Shock Campaign event at Bubba’s Discount Liquors in Vineland on Thursday, May 16. The Scker Shock Campaign focuses on reducing underage access to alcohol by deterring people 21-years-old and older from purchasing alcohol for minors. This is done by collabora-ng with liquor stores to place neon green s-ckers throughout the stores warning poten-al offenders that the maximum penalty for purchasing alcohol for a minor in New Jersey is six months in prison and a $1,000.00 fine. The CCHCC’s Youth Network and Millville Senior High School’s SADD chapter placed s-ckers on cases of beer, malt beverages and “alcopops” (sweet, soda-like beverages that are popular among young and underage drinkers). CCHCC member and Millville High School Student Assistance Counselor Keiko Warner, and Rosey Vazquez, a Southwest Council employee, joined CCHCC Project Coordinator Michael Regenelli in suppor-ng the par-cipa-ng youth at the event. Officer Nicolas Dounoulis of the Vineland Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit and Deborah Marko from the Daily Journal also aFended. The staff at Bubba’s was very welcoming, and the manager and owner both aFended the event. They also expressed interest in par-cipa-ng in

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the CCHCC’s next Fake ID training. Bubba’s was presented with a cer-ficate recognizing their par-cipa-on on behalf of the CCHCC. The event was a fantas-c opportunity for Youth Network and Millville SADD members to work together in making a difference in their community and stand up for healthy decisions. It was also another fine collabora-on between the CCHCC, SCRATCH and a local business. The coali-ons are currently looking for the next business that would be interested in hos-ng a Scker Shock Campaign.

Fake-ID training with law enforcement a success

The CCHCC and SCRATCH coali-ons collaborated to host a Fake-ID training for law enforcement on April 24. All law enforcement agencies in the county were invited to par-cipate and aFendance included three individuals from the Vineland Police Department, three from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and two from the Port Norris NJ State Police Barracks. The two-hour free training taught by Southwest Council Execu-ve Director Joe Williams provided aFendees with 25 indicators to look for to spot a fake-ID. In addi-on, each aFendee received a free 2013 ID checking guide as well as a black light to u-lize.


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2 Dear Esteemed Members of the Coali-on: It is my most sincere prayer that the summer has been good to all of you! As it swiJly draws to an end, many new and exci-ng opportuni-es for all of us are on the horizon and this is the premise for this leFer today. I am wri-ng to inform you that I will be resigning my responsibili-es as Chair of CCHCC eec-ve July 30, 2013. The many hats I have worn over the past six years as I have worked to expand my Social Jus-ce and Community Advocacy work has opened an amazing door that I am humbled to say is a once in a life-me event. As of September, I will be aFending Georgetown University to begin my work as a Juvenile Jus-ce Fellow! This level of educa-on and the networking it provides is one that I never dreamed of when I chose to provide services to our most challenged youth. Although most of my work may be done via distance learning, the commitment is one that would take even more of my -me away from my du-es as Chair. I do, however, wish to remain a member of the Coali-on and con-nue to work to help build the steadily growing youth network. I will do whatever I can to make this transi-on a smooth one. In large part, I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with such an awesome group of dedicated individuals. I wish you con-nued success, growth and support as we all strive to improve the lives of youth in our community one step at a -me! In Solidarity,

Tracey L. Wells-Huggins, RN

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Come and dine with the CCHCC The CCHCC is excited to Partner with Bualo Wild WingsÂŽ this fall to raise funds for the Cumberland County Healthy Communi-es Coali-on’s Youth Network! Funds raised will beneďŹ t local teens whom are involved in reducing substance abuse among youth through their par-cipa-on in and dedica-on to the CCHCC’s Youth Network. Please support our young people by dining with us on October 7, 2013. You can grab lunch with your co-workers or go out to dinner with your family and friends. Cut out the coupon above and present it to your server any -me between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on the above listed date. You must present the coupon in order for the proceeds to go to the CCHCC.

Thank you in advance for your support!


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L A D I E S & G E N T L E M A N , M E E T M O L LY. . . Valerie Evere+ “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” This was the ques-on music phenomenon Madonna asked a screaming crowd at the Miami Ultra Music Fes-val in the spring of 2012. To some, the ques-on may have seemed confusing, asking themselves, “Who the heck is Molly?” Others may have disregarded the ques-on, assuming it to be some harmless new lingo. But to those who knew the “Molly” Madonna was referring to, the ques-on was both audacious and upseeng. The ques-ons “Have you seen Molly?” and “Have you heard from Molly?” do not refer to a person at all, but to a dangerous drug that’s on the rise in communi-es and pop culture. Molly, short for “molecule”, refers to the crystalline or powdered form of 3,4Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as MDMA. In pill form, MDMA is typically referred to as Ecstasy, which has more notoriety and is taken much more seriously than its sister-drug “Molly”. Although Ecstasy and Molly are in different forms and have different names, they are both MDMA with the same side effects and dangers. So do not be fooled by Molly’s innocent sounding name or the misconcep-ons that Molly is a “safe” drug. It’s not. MDMA can be found anywhere from a regular household to a college dorm room, but it is most commonly associated with raves and dance clubs. This is because the pounding music, wild dancing and trippy strobe lights coincide well with the many side effects of MDMA: euphoric feelings, lowered social anxie-es, heightened senses, increased feelings of empathy and in-macy, and a drive to be physically ac-ve. According to Hercampus.com - a na-onal journalismbased website for women in college - this drive to be ac-ve stems from MDMA being a strong psycho s-mulant. This means it produces similar effects to amphetamine, giving its users increased heart rate, body temperature and overall energy. Thus the phrase, “Have you seen Molly? She makes me want to dance.” But as indicated by the Harvard Mental Health LeFer of July 2001, this energizing feeling may not always result in a good -me. Many Molly users don’t realize they’re overhea-ng un-l it’s too late, resul-ng in

dehydra-on, heat stroke and even death. Rising body temperature, poor ven-la-on in clubs, tainted decision-making and the drive to dance form a dangerous combina-on of risk factors for users. Other nega-ve symptoms of MDMA include: appe-te loss, dry mouth, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, fa-gue, nausea, vomi-ng and dizziness. The physical symptoms are not the only side effects people detest. The psychological consequences of MDMA may include regreeng decisions made while on the drug. MDMA is not a sexual s-mulant, but it does produce strong feelings of social in-macy and warmth towards others, which may lead to risky behaviors. This is one of the reasons why Hercampus.com warns its female readers to stay away from the drug, saying the

mind-altering and in-mate feelings Molly brings to its users impairs judgment, making people more likely to engage in ac-vi-es they would not partake in otherwise, such as unsafe sex. This is a huge risk factor according to Drugabuse.gov - a government run website dedicated to substance abuse educa-on - because it could result in the spreading or contrac-ng an array of sexually transmiFed diseases, including HIV and hepa--s, and can also result in unplanned pregnancies. Another nega-ve consequence of taking Molly is the “come down,” which is a unique hangover that can last any number of days. It can be difficult to experience Molly as it is highlighted with feelings of depression and anxiety, notoriously known as “Suicide Tues-

days” - I’m sure you can guess how it got its nickname. Drugabuse.gov goes more in-depth about this hangover phenomenon sta-ng, “The surge of serotonin caused by taking MDMA depletes the brain of this important chemical… causing nega-ve aJereffects— including confusion, depression, sleep problems, drug craving, and anxiety—that may occur soon aJer taking the drug or during the days or even weeks thereaJer.” Because Molly is adver-sed so that it is primarily appealing to young adults, it is especially dangerous to students in college who are exposed to transi-onal phases, new environments, stress and social pressures such as drinking and sex. They may be more inclined to try this new, cool-sounding drug to blow off steam or fit in. One college junior, Alicia*, witnessed a night club openly advoca-ng for the drug outside of the University of Central Florida campus. “The bus we were on was affiliated with the night club and they were passing out cards that read ‘Have you seen Molly? She makes me want to dance’ (picture shown to the leJ). The fliers we saw outside of UCF had the same picture and saying. Then when we got to the club, they started playing themed music that repeated these lines over and over again to this Dubstep-esque beat. I was surprised that they were so boldly adver-sing Molly and they made it seem like taking the drug would be a blast.” But what Alicia* and her friends didn’t know is that while MDMA is adver-sed as being a “blast,” it is classified as a schedule 1 drug, meaning it has the high poten-al for abuse and is highly toxic. A common misconcep-on is that because Molly is a more “purified” version of MDMA, meaning there is a smaller chance other drugs will be laced with it, then it is safer. According to the Journal of Neurological Science, Molly can cause intracranial hemorrhaging in young healthy individuals. It is also associated with other neurological complica-ons such as tachycardia (when your heart rate exceeds its normal range), arrhythmias (having irregular heartbeats), severe hypertension, serotonin syndrome, and metabolic acidosis (when the body produces excess amounts of acid). Connued on page 4


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The Cumberland County Healthy Communities Coalition was formed to build healthy communities by reducing substance abuse among youth.

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The Coalition is a group of committed community members of all ages and from all walks of life, including educators, law enforcement, parents, youth, faith leaders, health professionals, media, local government and businesses.

Contact us for more information on the CCHCC, our Youth Network or to sign up for our mailing list! CCHCC c/o The Southwest Council, Inc. 1405 N. Delsea Dr. Vineland, NJ 08360 Phone: 856.794.1011 ext. 302 Fax: 856.794.1239 E-mail: jessica@southwestcouncil.org The Coalition is a community initiative of The Southwest Council, Inc. Funds are provided by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and managed by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

We need a Healthy Communities Coalition because a group with a common goal can achieve so much more than an individual alone. Our Coalition promotes coordination and partnership between organizations to create environments that are alcohol, tobacco and drug free. We build links between local organizations and individuals who are working to accomplish common goals. The Coalition meets at the Southwest Council’s Cumberland County Office in Vineland. We welcome any interested community members to attend our upcoming general meetings on September 9, 2013 - 1:30 October 21, 2013 - 1:30 November 18, 2013 - 1:30

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Molly contd. Why is Molly on the upswing, especially if it’s so dangerous? When did it become so popular? Ask your child to scroll through their iPod or simply turn up the radio. What you will find is that top of the charttopping ar-sts such as Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Jay Z, French Montana and Rihanna are all referring to Molly in their music. Maybe in just a line or two, but it’s catchy and repe--ve enough that kids are drawn to it. Miley Cyrus, ex-Hannah Montana star and Disney actress, slipped “dancing with Molly” into her new hit song “We Can’t Stop.” On TwiFer, high school students post the catchy lyrics to the song “All Gold Everything” by Trinidad James, twee-ng, “Pop a Molly, I’m swea-n’.” Popular movies such as The Hangover, Black Swan, Project X and Horrible Bosses all casually refer to MDMA. Just as Alicia* saw in

Central Florida, Molly is being glamorized by pop culture in order to appeal to youth and yet none of these songs or movies truly educate their audience about what Molly is. Rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the few ar-sts who have spoken out about the drug, including an an--Molly message in his music video for “B--- Don’t Kill My Vibe,” and gave his input to MTV News regarding the drug: “Some-mes you have the trends that’s not that cool… You may have certain ar-sts portraying the trends and don’t really have that lifestyle, and then it gives off the wrong thing.” Lamar’s words will reach the ears of some young people, but many parents, families and youth s-ll remain unaware of Molly and its risk factors. Stay educated and aware about the signs and consequences of MDMA and other drug use by checking out www.drugabuse.gov. *Name has been changed

SOURCES Kahn, E., Ferraro, N., & Benveniste, R. J. (2012). 3 cases of primary intracranial hemorrhage associated with “Molly”, a purified form of 3,4methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Journal of Neurological Sciences, 323, 257-260. Retrieved from hFp:// www.sciencedirect.com/science/ ar-cle/pii/S0022510X12004832 Gladu, A. (March 28, 2013). Effects of Molly: The Risks You Need to Know About. Retrieved from hFp:// www.hercampus.com Drug Facts: MDMA (Ecstacy). (December 2012). Retrieved from hFp:// www.drugabuse.gov MDMA. (July 1, 2001). Harvard Mental Health LeFer, 18(1), 5-6.


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