Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities



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

Friday, January 25, 2013

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and Leading Makers of OTC Medicines Name Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities Dose of Prevention Award Winner

Bucks 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 abuse.

Bucks 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.

The 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.

The 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 done!

Friday, January 11, 2013

BPYC Update

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.