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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Promise for Youth and Communities, a consortium of coalitions and youth serving
agencies, in Bucks County, Pa., has been named the Dose of Prevention award winner
by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the nation’s leading
substance abuse prevention organization representing over 5,000 community
anti-drug coalitions across the country, and the Consumer Healthcare Products
Association (CHPA), which represents the leading makers of over-the-counter
(OTC) medicines. This prestigious award recognizes community-based
organizations that have implemented successful strategies to raise awareness of
the dangers of the over-the-counter cough medicine abuse and prescription drug
Promise for Youth and Communities will receive their award on Feb. 7 during
CADCA’s 23rd Annual National Leadership Forum, taking place Feb. 4-7 at the
Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. CADCA’s
National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest training for substance abuse
prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, attracting more than
2500 community and state leaders from across the country.
abuse of medicines – both prescription and over-the-counter products –
continues to be a major problem throughout the country. The misuse of
over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to get high usually involves
medicines that contain the cough-suppressant dextromethorphan, with many teens
intentionally taking large doses of these medicines in order to get high.
According to the 2012 Monitoring the Future Survey, 3 percent of eighth
graders, 4.7 percent of tenth graders, and 5.6 percent of twelfth graders have
abused OTC cough medicines containing the active ingredient dextromethorphan to
get high over the past year. In addition, 21.2 percent of twelfth graders
indicated using at least one prescription drug in their lifetime, without a
doctor’s orders, while 14.8 percent indicated such use in the past year.
Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities exemplifies the spirit of CADCA’s Dose
of Prevention Award for its comprehensive approach to help raise awareness of
the abuse of medicines – both prescription and OTC – in their community. They
held a medicine take back event to allow local residents to drop off unused,
unwanted and expired medications and to educate the community about
over-the-counter cough medicine abuse and prescription drug abuse, by
distributing literature and conducing the exit surveys. The group also held a
town hall meeting to spur discussions among youth and adults in the community
about medicine abuse and placed lock boxes throughout the county to allow for
disposal of prescription medicines year round. Bucks Promise also worked with
youth leaders to distribute nearly 8,000 brochures about the dangers of OTC
cough medicine abuse to school nurses, school counselors and physical education
teachers in schools throughout the county.
“As we work toward curbing teen cough medicine
abuse, education and community engagement continue to be our most valuable
tools, which is why we are glad that organizations like Bucks Promise for Youth
and Communities are working hard to prevent and reduce the misuse and abuse of
these products,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman & CEO.
Congratulations to the BPYC Consortium for work well
On October 17, 2012, The Bucks
County Intermediate Unit Student Forum served as a focus group to the community
collation, Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities. The collation members asked
the students on perceptions and beliefs on various topics related to drug,
alcohol and violence prevention. The student forum consists of four [Eleventh
and Twelfth grade] student representatives from participating public and
nonpublic high schools that meet monthly at the Intermediate Unit or district
high schools to discuss student suggested topics. Students explore school
related issues and report their recommendations to the Intermediate Unit Board
of Directors annually.
Ms. Donna Foisy, Project Coordinator for BPYC, stated, “This
provided our consortium with a unique opportunity to talk directly with Bucks
County youth to help us guide our future work and goals, and extended our
outreach". The Consortium was also able to meet the CADCA 50 Challenge by
providing each student leader with informational brochures on Over the Counter
Drug and Rx Drug misuse.