Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Countywide Locations for October 27, 2018 Prescription Take-back Event

Please click here for the latest Bucks County Prescription Take back flyer:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EAvDkLZXeaF9Ik2KELMqIR2kNRLSjoLD/view?usp=sharing


Welcome BPYC Consortium, Interested Agency and Community Members.
BPYC will continue to meet on the 4th Wednesday, bi-monthly from 9:00 -11:00 a.m., beginning on September 26, 2018. The first meeting will be held at the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. (BCDAC).
Each meeting will begin with a 30 minute learning experience, followed county and community updates and networking opportunities.  You will find the BPYC 2018-2019 meeting schedule below.
September 26, 2018 - BCDAC, Inc. – Learning topic: Drug Free Workplace
November 28, 2018 – BCDAC, Inc. – Learning topic: Behind Closed Doors
January 23, 2019 - BCDAC, Inc. – Learning Topic: Gaming; Effects on the Young Brain
March 27, 2019 –Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22. – Learning topic: TBD
May 22, 2019 BCDAC, Inc. – Learning Topic: Bucks County Prevention Needs Assessment Overview and Findings

If you have not attended in the past, please consider that you are welcome and have an invitation to join us.
Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22
705 N. Shady Retreat Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
March 27, 2019
Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
600 Louis Drive, Suite 102-A
Warminster, PA 18974
Sept. 26, 2018, Nov. 28, 2018 - Jan. 23, 2019 May 22, 2019
                                                                        Meeting Locations

For more information about Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities
Please contact: Donna Foisy, Prevention Consultant, Bucks County Drug & Alcohol           Commission, Inc. dsfoisy@buckscounty.org or 215-444-2704

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bucks County Medication Take Badck Day


BUCKS COUNTY, Pa.—April 28, 2018— On Saturday, April 28, 2018 communities across Bucks County will participate in a semi-annual  initiative designed to help reduce prescription drug abuse and to protect the environment by providing for safe disposal of potentially dangerous controlled substances from household medicine cabinets. Medication Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications for proper and safe destruction. Forty-nine collection sites throughout Bucks County will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

To see the current flyer with drop off locations, please click the following link:

April Take Back Event

Monday, March 5, 2018

Upcoming Medication Collection Date-April 28, 2018


Save the Date! Next medication collection date will be held on April 28, 2018, 10:00 am. -2:00 pm.  Collection site locations will soon be announced.  You may also dispose of unwanted medications freely and anonymously at one of the 34 permanent drop off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County. In most locations, all medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. You may call the police station and ask if they accept liquids prior to dropping off your medication. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted. Go to the link Drug Medication Collection Boxes on the right for box site locations or contact Donna Foisy at dsfoisy@buckscounty.org.

Monday, November 13, 2017

BUCKS COUNTY ACHIEVES ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MEDICATIONS COLLECTION

Bucks County had another successful medication collection event. Law enforcement officers collected unneeded, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal at 51 locations throughout the county on October 28, 2017.  Collection totals exceeded 10,125.82 lbs., bringing Bucks County to a total-to-date of 98,663.9 lbs., over 49 tons, since 2010 when collections began in the county. All medications collected will be incinerated, thus eliminating the risk of diversion and protecting the water supply.

The Bucks County Medication Collection event’s success reflects a true partnership among county-wide entities and local community businesses and coalitions.  Support from the Bucks County Commissioners, District Attorney’s Office and County Detectives, Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc., combined with volunteers representing agencies such as the Area Agency on Aging, Children and Youth, Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities, Bucks County Medical Reserve Corp,  Doylestown Hospital, Lower Bucks Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, Grand View, Outpatient Center and the youth drug and alcohol prevention community coalitions Building a Better Bensalem Together (B3T), Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY), Little Dog Initiative (LDI),  Partners in Action and Community Togetherness  (PACT), Upper Bucks Healthy Communities Healthy Youth, Neshaminy CTC, NHS Cares and Pennsbury LYFT.  

It is important to follow safe practices with all medications. This includes storing medications properly, taking medications only as prescribed and safely disposing of both prescribed and over-the-counter medications by using a drop box located near you.


In case you missed the collection event on Saturday, you may dispose of unwanted medications freely and anonymously at one of the 34 permanent drop off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County. In most locations, all medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted. Go to the Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities Blogspot using http://buckspromise.blogspot.com and use the link Drug Medication Collection Boxes on the right for box site locations or contact Donna Foisy at dsfoisy@buckscounty.org

Friday, September 29, 2017

BIANNUAL DRUG TAKE –BACK PROGRAM TO BE HELD OCTOBER 28, 2017

Officials will hold the biannual GOT Drugs Take Back program at 51 locations throughout Bucks County on October 28.
Police will be collecting expired or unused prescriptions and over-the counter drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Officials want unused prescriptions drugs out of medicine cabinets to keep people from misusing them and to prevent accidental deaths.
Statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration show that one in four high school students have abused prescription drugs.
Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency has detected pharmaceutical drugs in the water supplies. 

Officials say medications get into the water because people flush drugs down the toilet.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Drinking Alcohol is Not a Rite of Passage

The season of summer fun brings family and friends together in joyous celebration. However, it also brings together the potential risks of underage drinking.

No other substance is more widely used and abused by America’s youth than alcohol, making alcoholism and alcohol-related problems the number one public health problem in the United States according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD).

According to the 2015 PA Youth Survey, 44.4% of Bucks County students reported they used alcohol at least once (average of 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students). For 12th grade alone, this percentage of lifetime use increases sharply to 77.99%. The survey also documents that our youth have easy access to alcohol and that they start drinking at a younger age on average than their peers statewide. Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that people who started drinking before age 15 were 50% more likely to become alcohol dependent adults than those who waited until after 21. Drinking at such a young age potentially risks “priming” the brain for addiction to alcohol and other substances. Brain chemistry changes over time with regular use of alcohol and other addictive substances, risking a lifetime with addiction that could have been prevented. 

It is important to connect the dots between awareness of the effects of early alcohol use and recovery from underage alcohol and drug misuse, and the first step is Prevention. Fostering healthy and responsible attitudes; talking openly and honestly; encouraging supportive relationships; and showing children that their opinions and decisions matter are all ways to help prevent alcohol and drug use. (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.).

It can be challenging to develop the communication skills needed to talk with your children about drinking and drugs, but it will be well worth the effort that you put into it. Encouraging open dialogue helps you to get to know your children a little better and helps them build the coping skills they need to handle the strong emotions, stress, peer pressure, loneliness, and disappointments that are part of being an adolescent. Again, research shows that children whose parents talk to their teens about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, family history of addiction, and who set healthy standards and expectations are half as likely to misuse or abuse these substances. (National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).

In this season of picnics and parties, keep the health of our youth in mind by not serving alcohol to minors and always monitor where alcohol is stored or served.  Remember, one celebratory event could lead to a lifetime of heartbreak.


For information about where to turn for help with drug and alcohol issues in Bucks County, call the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. at 215-773-9313,  M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Call Toll Free 24 Hours, PA GET HELP NOW, 1-800-662-4357.