Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities



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

Monday, May 16, 2016

BPYC meeting date change

The location for the next Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities meeting scheduled for May 25, 2016 has been changed.
The new meeting location will be:

The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.
252 West Swamp Road
Bailiwick Office Campus- Unit 33

Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

The meeting will begin at 9:00.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Next Take Back Event: April 30, 2016

On Saturday, April 30, 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 32 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 32 police stations with boxes. 

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

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities Op-Ed: Vaping and Teens: Is it safe?

Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities Op-Ed
Vaping and Teens:  Is it safe?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the smoking rate in the United States decreased by nearly 20% from 2005 to 2014. Legislation, advertising restrictions, higher taxes and education have contributed to this change. Now, community prevention coalitions are concerned that the e-cigarette may reverse this downward trend.  Data from the CDC and FDA reveal that youth use of e-cigarettes tripled from 2013-2014 and surpassed the use of regular cigarettes.

E-cigarettes, also known as “ENDS” (electronic nicotine delivery systems), vape pens, vape pipes, e-hookahs, and hookah pens, produce a vapor through a nicotine-infused liquid heated by a battery-powered element.  When the nicotine is heated to a certain temperature, the person vaping inhales tiny particles that can deposit in the small airways of the lungs. E-cigarettes, like tobacco cigarettes, have been found to contain formaldehyde, diethylene glycol (a chemical used in antifreeze) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as toluene, a known carcinogenic.  A new Harvard study identified the presence of diacetyl, a flavoring chemical, in over 75 percent of the e-cigarettes and refill e-liquid samples tested. The inhalation of this chemical was responsible for “Popcorn Lung” disease among workers at microwave popcorn manufacturing plants, causing permanent scarring of lung tissue and severe respiratory disease. In addition, nicotine, a highly addictive substance, has been shown to interfere with adolescent brain development, and to increase teens’ vulnerability to alcohol and other drug addiction.
Refill containers are not childproof. A break or spill can result in nicotine poisoning if liquid is absorbed through the skin. As vaping has grown in popularity, there has been a surge of calls to poison control centers. According to data from American Association of Poison Control Centers, 271 callers reported e-cigarette device and liquid nicotine exposures in 2011. In 2014, there were 3,957. Over half of these calls involved children under six years old.  Another potential danger: the lithium battery can explode or overheat.

The tobacco advertising techniques banned by federal regulations do not apply to e-cigarettes. Billboards, radio ads, sports and celebrity sponsorships for e-cigarettes abound. There is a low perception of harm among youth regarding these products, as the word vapor implies simply water, yet ENDS actually produce an aerosol.  With the exception of Philadelphia, there is currently no minimum age for purchasing e-cigarettes in Pennsylvania.   The unregulated e-juice/e-liquid for vaping devices is available in flavors appealing to youth such as gummi bear and chocolate candy bar. One study identified over 7,700 e-cigarette flavors, with over 240 new flavors added monthly.
Another concern is that the device may be used to vape marijuana concentrates, which can contain up to 80% THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis. Detection is difficult because most concentrates emit very little odor, lacking the typical marijuana smell. This presents a challenge for schools and parents. Other drugs can be vaped as well.
While some may promote the e-cigarette as a quitting aid to cigarettes, there has been no conclusive scientific study to verify its contribution to long-term cessation.  In fact, current data indicates that the majority of ENDS users engage in both e-cigarette and tobacco cigarettes. Furthermore, recent studies suggest that e-cigarette use among youth may lead to eventual cigarette smoking.  We must exercise caution, and understand that these products have addictive potential and warrant vigilance, particularly regarding youth use.

Bucks Promise for Youth & Communities is supported by the Bucks County Commissioners and is made possible by a grant through the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.  For smoking cessation resources or tobacco, alcohol and other drug information, call The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania at 1-800-221-6333 or visit www.councilsepa.org.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016



Award recognizes individuals who are exceptional advocates for drug prevention field

Bucks County, PA. Donna Foisy, Project Coordinator of Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities   has been named the 2016 Advocate of the Year 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. She will accept the award on Thursday, Feb. 4 during CADCA’s 26th annual National Leadership Forum being held Feb. 1-4 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

This award recognizes substance abuse prevention leaders who are exceptional advocates for our field, forging relationships and educating their elected officials throughout the year about key substance abuse-related issues and helping to ensure that Members of Congress understand the importance of community coalitions.

“CADCA is thrilled to be able to recognize Foisy this year at our most important training event. Foisy is a tireless advocate for the substance abuse prevention field and her efforts have made a tremendous national impact,” said CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur T. Dean.

“I am grateful to be recognized and feel honored, but, the work that I do represents a collective effort done in preventing substance abuse in Bucks County.”

CADCA's National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, featuring more than 80 training courses to help community and state leaders prevent and reduce substance abuse and its related problems. The event, which brings together more than 2,500 community and state leaders, offers participants an opportunity to learn effective strategies to solve their community's substance abuse and violence problems, and to hear from the country's leading experts on drug prevention, treatment and recovery. For more information about CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, visit forum.cadca.org/.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Parents must be vigilant to prevent abuse of cough medicines

The following is an article that was written for publication the local Bucks County newspaper, The Intel. The article ran on October 27, 2015.

As children across our area transition back to school - and parents begin their renewed worry about what a new school year will bring - it is a good time for community drug and alcohol prevention coalitions to remind parents about the importance of their role in keeping their children drug- and alcohol-free. Research shows that children, whose parents talk to them about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, are half as likely to misuse or abuse these substances.

Each cold and flu season, Pennsylvanians rely on products containing dextromethorphan (D)ß4), a safe and effective cough suppressant , to treat common cold symptoms. DXM is found in more than 100 cough and cold medicines, and can be purchased over the counter. Unfortunately, some people use medicines containing DXM for purposes other than what manufacturers have intended. Across the country some teens have reported taking large amounts of over-the-counter medicines containing DXM to get high.

Data collected in 2014by the National institute on Drug Abuse for its "Monitoring the Future" study estimates the intentional abuse of OTC cough medicine among eighth-graders at 2 percent, 10th graders at 3.7 percent and l2th-graders at 4.1percent. An empty beer can or pack of cigarettes in the trash would immediately grab a parent's attention, but an empty bottle or box of cough medicine may not arouse any suspicion if a parent is unaware of DXM abuse.

Because these medicines can be easily accessed in a teen's home or at the store, it is vital that parents and other community members know and understand the risks. Teens report taking 25 times or more the recommended dose when abusing these medicines, which leads to side effects such as nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision and disorientation, and can be life-threatening.

Furthermore, only 59 percent of teens strongly believe that abusing OTC cough medicine to get high is risky which means that nearly half believe it is not. That is why limiting access to medicines containing DXM is a critical step to reducing incidences of abuse among children.

While there is no one solution to preventing medicine abuse, as community coalition leaders we know that implementing restrictions on sales of products containing DXM to those 18 years or older would be an effective way to reduce access to minors while maintaining access for parents and other adults. Sen. Robert Casey has introduced legislation in the past to ensure minors are unable to purchase products with DMX to get high. With legislation supported by groups such as the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and by increasing parental awareness, we believe we can be successful in curbing DXM abuse. Youth need to understand that it is never safe to abuse medicine, even those available without a doctor's prescription.

Talk to your children and monitor your medications. Safely dispose of expired or unneeded medications.

There are educational tools available online at www.StopMedicineAbuse.org for both teens and adults. Spread the word. Your efforts will contribute to a safer community.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015 Take Back Event Flyer

Please click this link to access the latest information on the October 17th, 2015 Take Back Day