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Family Lecture Series on March 10 Addresses Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction

February 25, 2021

Family Lecture Series on March 10 Addresses Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction
Free virtual program is presented by Saint Peter's University Hospital as part of its family health series

New Brunswick, N.J. – February 25, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, will host the third free lecture in its virtual family lecture series on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM over Zoom. The topic, “Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction,” will be presented by Tejal Mehta, MD, pediatrician, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital.
 
The country’s opioid crisis has parents concerned for their children. In this lecture, Dr. Mehta will discuss the impact of drug use on teen brain development and the warning signs or red flags of drug abuse of which parents should be aware. She will also discuss drug abuse prevention and the clinical symptoms of overdose. Participants will learn about the three waves of the opioid epidemic: the first characterized by an increased prescribing of opioids; the second marked by a rapid increase in deaths involving heroin, and the third with a rise in overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids, particularly those involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl.
 
To register for “Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction,” please visit:
https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p6L9vxZ1SiuLRSQFuyW_Fw

Organized by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, this virtual lecture series is designed for parents and families. The presentations in this series will address common parental concerns about the numerous ways the pandemic has impacted teens, from issues like isolation to how they cope, socialize and develop. The series will also explore addiction which has escalated during the pandemic and resources for successful recovery.
 
The virtual lectures will be presented every other Wednesday through May 5. An additional event is scheduled for June 2. Each lecture will start at 6:30 PM. The list of upcoming lecture topics is below:
 
March 24, 2021: Vaping and the Adolescent
Presented by Nicki Francis, BA, and Mara Carlin, BS, CPS, Wellspring Center for Prevention
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TswvyYdFTxm6d5qSNMRNJw
 
April 7, 2021: Recovery Coaches
Presented by Bonnie Nolan, PhD, Woodbridge Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (WOORP)
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dcB-NO7KQbCuOm1fhIIvqw
 
April 21, 2021: Successful Recovery from Addiction
Presented by Don Rogers, Community Outreach Director at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5QCvDKsbSk-JkDa2sAna3w
 
May 5, 2021: Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Self Care Strategies
Presented by Laurie Herrick, BS, and Heather Ward, MSW, LSW, CPS, Wellspring Center for Prevention
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2-vnCAeHTjKFFjTCrqHLCg
 
June 2, 2021: The HPV Vaccine’s Role in Cancer Prevention for Your Adolescent
Presented by Daniela Correa, MD, pediatrician, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and Paulina Rojas, MD, pediatrician, Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s Family Health Center
From 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Registration link: https://SaintPetersHCS.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7kQcomXSReqmT-3slyOPpw
 
If you have any questions about the virtual lectures, please contact Robert J. LaForgia, coordinator, Healthier Middlesex, at rlaforgia@saintpetersuh.com or 732-745-8600, ext. 5831. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.
 
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.
 

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