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.
- View New York Times article about addiction
- View information on the Parity Law and Act 106.
- Act 53 Flyer
- Act 139 Poster
- Bucks County Drug And Alcohol Commission Information
- Overdose Prevention Posters
- PA Stop Trifold
- Permanent Medication Collection Boxes
- Michael Botticelli Ted Talk
- Lighthouse Networking
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
- Prescription Patches
- Prescription Medications
- Prescription Ointments
- Over-The-Counter Medications
- Pet Medications
STOP * Not Accepted
- Aerosol Cans
- Bloody or infectious Waste
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Medication from businesses or clinics
Organizations in Doylestown
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
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
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
Helping prevent student binge drinking and DUIs
Our expert guide is designed to help students over 21 understand how to keep themselves, and their peers, safe when drinking. It kicks off by answering 10 of the most common questions students ask about alcohol. There’s a further section dedicated to helping them to avoid drunk driving, and includes a discussion about how colleges are working to prevent binge drinking.
College Students Guide to Avoiding Drug and Alcohol Abuse
According to Addiction Center, full-time college students are twice as likely to abuse alcohol and drugs than those who don’t. This sort of risk is what drove our team to create a comprehensive guide that breaks down the situations where students may encounter substance abuse, describes the terms and lingos used on campuses for students to be aware of and provides advice on how to help a friend overcome substance abuse. You can explore the entire guide above.
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 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
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.
Below is a PowerPoint presentation for parents about youth drug abuse titled “Mommy and Daddy Dearest”.
“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.