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Drug Awareness, Prevention and Education

According to the Center for Disease Control, “Deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.  Every day in the United States, 114 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments (ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.”

Pennsylvania is not immune this problem.  In fact, according to the Trust for America’s Health, Pennsylvania had the 14th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States in 2013.  The number of drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – in Pennsylvania increased by 89 percent since 1999.

This webpage seeks to inform Doylestown Township residents about this issue as well as programs and resources to diminish it. If you or a loved one are experiencing an addiction problem and don’t know where to turn, feel free to reach out to Det. Anthony Breslau for more information.

helpful links

Click here for information on the Parity Law and Act 106.

Click here for an article in the New York Times about addiction.

Act 53 Flyer

Act 139 Poster

Permanent Medication Collection Boxes

Overdose Prevention Posters

PA Stop Tri-fold

Resources for Residents

Michael Botticelli Ted Talk

Lighthouse Networking

TVN Special Report on heroin
Click here for video of the TVN Special Report on heroin.

If you think heroin isn’t a problem in our community, think again. Cheaper than a six pack of beer, this drug is killing hundreds of Pennsylvanians each year – and the numbers continue to rise. This month, the Township Video News, an online news program produced by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, digs into the epidemic with its very first special report, “Heroin Hits Home.”

The program features a panel of leaders who have been on the front lines of the epidemic: Barbara Lyons, chair of the Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors in Bucks County; Sen. Eugene Yaw, board chair of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, which has held hearings and done a comprehensive report on heroin use and addiction in the commonwealth; and Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Adam Reed.

State Representative Quinn hosts Drug Forum

Click here to view the drug forum hosted by State Rep. Quinn.

Drug Drop Off Box

Doylestown Township has a permanent MedReturn Drug Collection Unit.

Citizens looking to dispose of excess and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications can now visit the safe and secure permanent drop off location at the Doylestown Township Police Department located at 425 Wells Road, Doylestown PA, 18901.

The Council of Southeast PA, Inc.,  has partnered with the Doylestown Township Police and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office to establish a permanent MedReturn drug collection program in order to reduce the supply of drugs that can potentially harm teens and adults.

According to the 2011 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. Among youth who are 12 to 17 years old, 7.4 percent report past year non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Now Doylestown Township citizens won’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The collection site is open during normal business hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  YES * Accepted Items STOP * Not Accepted
Prescriptions Aerosol Cans
Prescription Patches Bloody or infectious Waste
Prescription Medications Hydrogen Peroxide
Prescription Ointments Inhalers
Over-The-Counter Medications Medication from businesses or clinics
Samples Needles
Pet Medications Thermometers
Organizations in Doylestown

Aldie Counseling

For more than 35 years, Aldie Counseling Center has been dedicated to providing effective treatment to those whose lives have been affected by experimentation with, misuse of, or addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

11 Welden Drive
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-345-8530
Fax: 215-345-5423

Anna Straw Initiative

Following the death of Anna Straw from a heroin overdose in November 2014, the Straw family is allowing The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run to use her name for a free community education program.  It meets Mondays at the church, located at 16 Irish Meetinghouse Road, Bedminster Township.  For more information or to register, please call 1-800-221-6333.

CB Cares Educational Foundation

CB Cares Educational Foundation is a community coalition of individuals, businesses, and agencies, whose goal is to promote positive values, attitudes, and behaviors, particularly in the community’s youth.

252 West Swamp Rd (Rt 313)
Bailiwick Unit 5
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-489-9120
Fax: 215-489-9166

Click here to read the December CB Cares Backpack Newsflash.

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. (The Council) is a private non-profit prevention, education, advocacy, assessment, intervention, and recovery support organization, serving the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia. The Council provides a wide range of services to reduce the impact of addiction and improve related health issues for the entire community including families, schools, businesses, individuals and the community, regardless of ability to pay.

252 West Swamp Road
Bailiwick Unit 12 and Unit 33
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-345-6644

External Links

Get Help Now: Let’s Work Together!

Find Bucks County addiction treatment and recovery programs near you. Locate helpful phone numbers and facility listings for persons or loved ones seeking care and recovery from substance abuse in Pennsylvania. Get Help Now: Let’s Work Together! is a Pennsylvania mobile web resource of information for persons seeking drug, alcohol or gambling addiction programs and other services that can be accessed from anywhere, anytime.
Join Pennsylvanians living free, or in recovery, from the disease of drug, alcohol and gambling addiction, resulting in safer, healthier, more productive and fulfilling lives.

Shatterproof

Shatterproof is a national organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.

Because I Love You

Because I Love You has been helping families in crisis for 32 years, serving more than 700,000 parents and at-risk youth across the U.S. and Canada. Working together on behavioral problems, families of children, teens, and adult children have found hope and positive change. It is a resource to find a Parent Support Group or Youth Support Group near you. Meetings are open to the public, and there are no membership requirements or dues.

How to Save a Life Foundation

Located in Warminster, PA, Marti Hottenstein created the How to Save a Life Foundation after her son, Karl, died of a drug overdose in October 2006. after being refused treatment at an in-patient facility.  The Foundation provides resources and services for those looking to get help for drug addiction.

Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.

The mission of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (BCDAC, Inc.) is to reduce the use of tobacco and eliminate the use of illegal drugs and the abuse, misuse of and addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the state and locally designated Single County Authority (SCA) for alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, this agency works continuously to ensure the provision of a comprehensive and balanced continuum of quality prevention, intervention and treatment services for the county.

600 Louis Dr, Suite 102A
Warminster, PA 18974

Phone: 215-773-9313
Fax: 215-956-9939
Email: dwrosati@co.bucks.pa.us

Overdose Free PA

Drugfree.org  

Offers parents information on how to secure prescription medications and many other valuable tools in regards to drug-free assistance.

 

Please click here for a list of resources provided by the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.

Parent's Guide to Youth Drug Abuse

Please click the link below to view a pdf copy of a PowerPoint presentation for parents about youth drug abuse titled “Mommy and Daddy Dearest”.

Presentation (pdf file)

The Anonymous People

“The Anonymous People” is a documentary currently airing on Doylestown Television (Comcast Channel 22 and Verizon Channel 31) about the stigma of drug addiction.  Please check the program schedule for its next showing.

Doylestown Township Police D.A.R.E. Program

Please visit this page for information about the Doylestown Township Police D.A.R.E. Program.