Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

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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.

References:
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

PLEASE NOTE MEETING DATE CHANGE:


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

PLEASE NOTE:
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

DONNA FOISY HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2016 ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR BY COMMUNITY ANTI-DRUG COALITIONS OF AMERICA

Donna Foisy HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2016 ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR BY COMMUNITY ANTI-DRUG COALITIONS OF AMERICA 

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/.