Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Bucks County Medication Disposal Committee Update


The Bucks County Medication Disposal Committee, a sub-committee of Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities, partnered with the Bucks County Sherriff’s Office in collecting unused or expired medications at the Middletown Grange Fair.  During the 5 day fair, the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office collected a total of 90.52 lbs. of turned in drugs. This was a great effort on everyone’s part and plans are already in place to host a collection next year.

 In 2010 Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities formed the highly responsive Bucks County Medication Disposal Committee with the charge of developing a convenient and environmentally responsible prescription drug disposal program.  By including key partners with a joint interest in reducing prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse, to date Bucks County officials have collected over 37, 519.9 lbs. - over 16 tons - of unused, unwanted and expired medications. These medications no longer risk diversion from our medicine cabinets or pose a threat to citizens by polluting our water supply through unsafe disposal methods. 

Drug Take Back Committee continues to focus on the countywide Medication Take- Back Initiative and safe drug disposal efforts. If you would like to join in this important effort, please contact Donna Foisy or come to our BPYC Consortium meetings.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Next Medication Collection Date

Please note that the next medication collection day event is scheduled for:
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am.- 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Information on next Take Back Day- April 26, 2014


Please note that the next National Take Back Prescription Drug Event will take place on April, 26, 2014. Please click on link below for a copy of the current drop off sites in Bucks County.


Take Back Flyer

Friday, December 20, 2013

Mr. David K. Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the White House talks with BC Student Leaders




 
 
Members of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit [BCIU] Student Forum filed into Neshaminy High School’s library, eager to speak with Deputy Director David Mineta of the office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to the live videoconference, the students formulated questions to be asked during the conference, no time was wasted. A student from each school district introduced representatives from his or her respective schools. After the formal introductions, Deputy Director Mineta informed the students of the harmful effects of drugs on youth throughout the nation and the importance of prevention and avoiding exposure to drugs before these drugs take their toll. Stimulated students posed their questions to Deputy Director Mineta. The positive interaction and exchange of valuable information ended the meeting on a high note. The forum came to a close as Director Deputy Mineta thanked the students for their active participation in a large-scale effort to better their communities, and reminded the students, “You are not the leaders of tomorrow, you are the leaders of right now.”

 

The BCIU student forum consists of eleventh and twelfth grade student representatives from participating public, nonpublic, and technical high schools that meet monthly at the Intermediate Unit or district high schools to discuss student suggested topics such as drug and alcohol prevention, suicide prevention, and current events throughout the county.

 

The students’ responsibilities are to identify and study local and regional concerns, and to serve as a sounding board for views, programs and concerns in individual districts.

 

-William Suh, 11th Grade, Centennial School District

Monday, August 5, 2013

Medication Take Back Day, Saturday, October 26, 2013

Please note that the next Medication Take Back Day will be on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10am-2pm.

For a list of drop off locations in Bucks County, please click on the link: Updated Drop box list October 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

A note from the BPYC Coordinator


I wish to thank all of you for helping to make BPYC 2012-2013 such a successful and productive one.

We began September 29, 2012 with our nationally recognized Medications Take Back Day, collecting over 5,427.32 Lbs. and then topping our collection total again on April 27, 2013 with 6710.41 Lbs. These medications, now disposed of safely, are no longer in danger of polluting our water supply or risk of being misused.  Thank you to the Medications Take Back Committee for your commitment to bringing best practices and protocols to the Take Back Project and for serving as state and national consultants in effort to expand Take Backs and collections. Through working with multiple partnerships we have expanded to 25 permanent Lock box locations throughout the county.

During our October 17th meeting BPYC members met with the Student Leadership Advisory Group, a group of representatives from public and nonpublic high schools, to discuss issues that affect youth. 

In February BPYC was honored by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, CADCA, with A Dose of Prevention Award for outstanding prevention efforts in prescription and over the counter drug misuse, and was invited to facilitate a training called “Bringing Take Backs to the Next Level” at the CADCA Conference.  During the Conference BPYC Members witnessed our Legislators Congressman Fitzpatrick and Senator Casey be recognized with Congressional Leadership Awards for outstanding work in prevention.

This year members were provided with presentations on Gang Awareness, Family and Parenting Programming, Gambling Among Youth, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and had opportunities to network and share our experiences and resources.  Thank you to those that shared your summer safety programming and prom tips with the group.

Our May 22, 2013 meeting, via teleconference from the White House, was with the Deputy Director of Demand Reduction Mineta, Executive Office of the President Office of National Drug Control Policy, ONDCP, and Ms.  Robinson, Policy Analyst, ONDCP and Lt. Hernandez, Executive Office of the President Drug-Free Communities Support Program.  Results from the meeting were positive and we will be given an opportunity to meet again at our BPYC September 25, 2013 meeting.

Please join us at our June 26, 2013 meeting at the Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. or for more information email dfoisy@todayincbensalem.org.
 Have a healthy and safe summer.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Please enjoy these photos from the CADCA National Forum last week that includes the Bucks County contingent as well as our colleagues from PA, with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.




The second is the “Dose of Prevention” Award given to Bucks Promise and the Medication Take Back Committee!


To see the Bucks County video please see below:

Bucks County Video