Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities



Friday, April 7, 2017

Take Back Collection Day Event April 29, 2017

Did you know that 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends or relatives? Did you know that EPA studies have detected pharmaceutical drugs in our water supply and that 1 in 4 high school students have abused prescription drugs? Are you looking for a location to properly dispose of unused medications? If so, Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities Rx Take Back Committee is inviting you to drop off your unused or old medications on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am. – 2:00 pm at one of the 49 drop-off sites found throughout Bucks County.  Please find the site location that is most convenient for you by clicking on the link found below and help our community by properly disposing of unused medications.

Please click below for the latest listing of the Take Back Collection Day event scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am.-2:00 pm.  throughout Bucks County Police Departments.

To view list of drop off sites, please click on the following link:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How Much Are You Worth?

Amidst the flood of high school students spilling out of classrooms, a poster catches one young woman’s eye.  It’s simple: two cell phone screenshots.  The image on the right shows just one text from “babe” wishing his/her partner a great day – a healthy relationship.  The screen on the left is full of accusatory, suspicious, controlling texts from “babe” to his/her partner – a less-than-healthy relationship.  What stops this young woman in her tracks is the unnerving familiarity of the image on the left because she has received texts just like that from her own boyfriend. 

Research suggests that she is, sadly, in good company among her peers.  A 2013 nationwide study found that about one-third of U.S. adolescents (ages 14-20) have experienced some form of abuse – physical, sexual, emotional, financial, psychological – at the hands of a dating partner.  This percentage has been found to be similar for both boys and girls, as well as youth in both heterosexual relationships and non-heterosexual relationships.  A 2011 CDC study reported that nearly one-quarter of females and one-seventh of males who were raped, physically hurt, or stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experienced these types of behaviors in a dating relationship when they were between 11 and 17 years old.  What’s more, research indicates that as many as two-thirds of teens involved in abusive dating relationships won’t tell anyone about what’s happening – often because they either don’t know where to turn for help or they simply don’t know how to define a healthy vs. unhealthy relationship.

Statistics highlight the critical importance of laying the foundation for healthy relationships by providing dating violence prevention education for our youth – and to start young. What better time to start the conversation than February - a month traditionally dedicated to love that is also nationally recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)?  TDVAM exists to raise awareness about this issue, highlight promising practices in prevention, and encourage communities to get involved in the movement to foster healthy relationships.  Inspired by the mission of TDVAM, a group of local high school students who participate with Bucks County Intermediate Unit’s Student Leadership Forum created the poster mentioned at the beginning of this article. It’s message to their peers – one that empowers all people to move on from their abusive relationships.  Real love is not demanding or oppressive but is supportive and trusting, and just because a behavior (like obsessive texting) may seem “ok” or may become normal in a relationship, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy.  Above all, the students want to remind others that they deserve respect in any and all relationships.  This February, join our youth in celebrating real love!  Get started today:
·        Educate yourself on the warning signs of abuse (e.g., extreme jealousy and possessiveness)
·        Become familiar with resources
o   Local – A Woman’s Place: www.awomansplace.org or 1-800-220-8116
o   National – Love Is Respect: www.loveisrespect.org or 1-866-331-9474, or text loveis to 22522

·        Model healthy relationships for others to see and from which to learn. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Suicide Prevention- Its everyone’s business

A recent report shows, for the first time, suicide rates for Unites States middle school students have surpassed the rate of death by car crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate among teens has been steadily rising, and has doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014.

Schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been increasing their efforts to include suicide prevention education to students along with preparing teachers to watch for warning signs of social and emotional distress and urge students to get help.

On June 26, 2014, Act 71 was signed into law in Pennsylvania. This law specifically requires school entities to: (1) adopt a youth suicide awareness and prevention policy; and (2) provide ongoing professional development in youth suicide awareness and prevention for professional educators in building serving students in grades 6-12. Additionally, the Act permits school entities to incorporate curriculum on this topic into their instructional programs pursuant to their youth suicide awareness and prevention polices.

In the Fall of 2015, students throughout Bucks County schools participated in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS). This survey was a great way to gain insight on what is happening in many areas of the lives of students. It identified specific risk and protective factors that impact students’ behaviors. The PAYS survey was anonymous and confidential. Data from the survey provided insight on students’ perceptions on issues related to Mental Health & Suicide. The PAYS included questions specific to suicide, measuring depressed behavior, suicidal intention, actual suicide attempts and the seriousness of those attempts (by asking about requiring medical intervention).

The most common depressed thought was “at times I am no good at all”., reported by 31% of the students in Bucks County. 33.8% of students reported they felt sad or depressed MOST days in the past 12 months. Overall, 13.2% of students had seriously considered attempting suicide, compared to 16% of students at the state level. To view the comprehensive report of the 2015PAYS go to: http://www.pccd.pa.gov/Juvenile-Justice/Pages/PAYS-for-2015---County-Reports.aspx

Suicidal thoughts are common. Yet, suicidal acts, threats and attempts are less common, but more frequent than most people realize. Suicide is very complex and difficult to understand. Suicidal people are just like you and me. They have problems; we have problems. The difference between us is that, for a moment, we feel we can handle our problem and do not feel overwhelmed by them. It has often been said, “suicide is a permeant solution, to a temporary problem”.

If you are concerned with someone, do not hesitate; get involved. Research tells us that confronting a person does not increase the risk of suicide, but rather asking someone directly about suicidal intent lowers anxiety, opens up communication and lowers the risk of an impulsive act. Persuading someone not to end his or her life to get help begins with the simple act of listening. Listening can be lifesaving. Once you listen to the individual’s concerns, refer them to a qualified health professional for further treatment or support.

Do not be afraid to get involved, YOU may be the difference in helping to save a life.

2015 Pennsylvania Youth Survey, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency. Pennsylvania Profile Report. Bucks County Profile Report.
Suggestions for question, persuade and refer taken from the QPR Institute, Ask a Question, Save a Life. www.qprinstitute.com

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Please note: Meeting Date Change for October 26, 2016

The next Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities October 26, 2016 Consortium meeting location has been changed to the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and will not be held at the  Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.

Bucks County Medication Collection Event Follow-up

Bucks County had a successful medication collection event.  Police officers collected unneeded, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal at 48 locations throughout the county. Collection totals amounted to over 8,000 lbs. bringing Bucks County to a total-to-date of 78,783.18 lbs. All medications collected will be incinerated, thus eliminating the risk of diversion and protecting the water supply.

In case you missed the collection event on Saturday, you may dispose of unwanted medications freely and anonymously at one of the 32 drop off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County. All medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted. To find a drop off box nearest to you, please use the link on the column to the left under Drug Medication Collection Boxes.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Take Back Event October 22, 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, Bucks County will be offering a Prescription/Over-the-Counter Drug Take Back Day from 10am-2pm. This is an opportunity for the public to safely dispose of any unwanted, unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. All medications collected will be incinerated, thus eliminating the risk of diversion and protecting the water supply. This program is free and anonymous. All medications will be accepted, including pills, capsules, ointments, liquids, nasal sprays, inhalers and pet medications. Needles and illicit drugs will not be accepted. There are 33 drop off sites located in police stations throughout Bucks County that are available for residents to safely dispose medications. These boxes are opened for use during operating hours at one of the 33 police stations with boxes. 

Please use the link Drug Medication Collection Boxes on the right for box site locations

Please click this link to access the latest information on drop off site locations for the October 22th, 2016 Take Back Day in Bucks County.

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Friday, May 27, 2016


The next Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities meeting scheduled has been changed from June 22, 2016 to June 29, 2016  . The meeting location will be at the BCDAC Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc., 600 Louis Drive, Warminster, PA