Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities

Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities



Friday, September 29, 2017


Officials will hold the biannual GOT Drugs Take Back program at 51 locations throughout Bucks County on October 28.
Police will be collecting expired or unused prescriptions and over-the counter drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Officials want unused prescriptions drugs out of medicine cabinets to keep people from misusing them and to prevent accidental deaths.
Statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration show that one in four high school students have abused prescription drugs.
Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency has detected pharmaceutical drugs in the water supplies. 

Officials say medications get into the water because people flush drugs down the toilet.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Drinking Alcohol is Not a Rite of Passage

The season of summer fun brings family and friends together in joyous celebration. However, it also brings together the potential risks of underage drinking.

No other substance is more widely used and abused by America’s youth than alcohol, making alcoholism and alcohol-related problems the number one public health problem in the United States according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD).

According to the 2015 PA Youth Survey, 44.4% of Bucks County students reported they used alcohol at least once (average of 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students). For 12th grade alone, this percentage of lifetime use increases sharply to 77.99%. The survey also documents that our youth have easy access to alcohol and that they start drinking at a younger age on average than their peers statewide. Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that people who started drinking before age 15 were 50% more likely to become alcohol dependent adults than those who waited until after 21. Drinking at such a young age potentially risks “priming” the brain for addiction to alcohol and other substances. Brain chemistry changes over time with regular use of alcohol and other addictive substances, risking a lifetime with addiction that could have been prevented. 

It is important to connect the dots between awareness of the effects of early alcohol use and recovery from underage alcohol and drug misuse, and the first step is Prevention. Fostering healthy and responsible attitudes; talking openly and honestly; encouraging supportive relationships; and showing children that their opinions and decisions matter are all ways to help prevent alcohol and drug use. (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.).

It can be challenging to develop the communication skills needed to talk with your children about drinking and drugs, but it will be well worth the effort that you put into it. Encouraging open dialogue helps you to get to know your children a little better and helps them build the coping skills they need to handle the strong emotions, stress, peer pressure, loneliness, and disappointments that are part of being an adolescent. Again, research shows that children whose parents talk to their teens about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, family history of addiction, and who set healthy standards and expectations are half as likely to misuse or abuse these substances. (National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).

In this season of picnics and parties, keep the health of our youth in mind by not serving alcohol to minors and always monitor where alcohol is stored or served.  Remember, one celebratory event could lead to a lifetime of heartbreak.

For information about where to turn for help with drug and alcohol issues in Bucks County, call the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. at 215-773-9313,  M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Call Toll Free 24 Hours, PA GET HELP NOW, 1-800-662-4357.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Take Back Collection Day Event April 29, 2017

Did you know that 70% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends or relatives? Did you know that EPA studies have detected pharmaceutical drugs in our water supply and that 1 in 4 high school students have abused prescription drugs? Are you looking for a location to properly dispose of unused medications? If so, Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities Rx Take Back Committee is inviting you to drop off your unused or old medications on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am. – 2:00 pm at one of the 49 drop-off sites found throughout Bucks County.  Please find the site location that is most convenient for you by clicking on the link found below and help our community by properly disposing of unused medications.

Please click below for the latest listing of the Take Back Collection Day event scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am.-2:00 pm.  throughout Bucks County Police Departments.

To view list of drop off sites, please click on the following link:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How Much Are You Worth?

Amidst the flood of high school students spilling out of classrooms, a poster catches one young woman’s eye.  It’s simple: two cell phone screenshots.  The image on the right shows just one text from “babe” wishing his/her partner a great day – a healthy relationship.  The screen on the left is full of accusatory, suspicious, controlling texts from “babe” to his/her partner – a less-than-healthy relationship.  What stops this young woman in her tracks is the unnerving familiarity of the image on the left because she has received texts just like that from her own boyfriend. 

Research suggests that she is, sadly, in good company among her peers.  A 2013 nationwide study found that about one-third of U.S. adolescents (ages 14-20) have experienced some form of abuse – physical, sexual, emotional, financial, psychological – at the hands of a dating partner.  This percentage has been found to be similar for both boys and girls, as well as youth in both heterosexual relationships and non-heterosexual relationships.  A 2011 CDC study reported that nearly one-quarter of females and one-seventh of males who were raped, physically hurt, or stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experienced these types of behaviors in a dating relationship when they were between 11 and 17 years old.  What’s more, research indicates that as many as two-thirds of teens involved in abusive dating relationships won’t tell anyone about what’s happening – often because they either don’t know where to turn for help or they simply don’t know how to define a healthy vs. unhealthy relationship.

Statistics highlight the critical importance of laying the foundation for healthy relationships by providing dating violence prevention education for our youth – and to start young. What better time to start the conversation than February - a month traditionally dedicated to love that is also nationally recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)?  TDVAM exists to raise awareness about this issue, highlight promising practices in prevention, and encourage communities to get involved in the movement to foster healthy relationships.  Inspired by the mission of TDVAM, a group of local high school students who participate with Bucks County Intermediate Unit’s Student Leadership Forum created the poster mentioned at the beginning of this article. It’s message to their peers – one that empowers all people to move on from their abusive relationships.  Real love is not demanding or oppressive but is supportive and trusting, and just because a behavior (like obsessive texting) may seem “ok” or may become normal in a relationship, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy.  Above all, the students want to remind others that they deserve respect in any and all relationships.  This February, join our youth in celebrating real love!  Get started today:
·        Educate yourself on the warning signs of abuse (e.g., extreme jealousy and possessiveness)
·        Become familiar with resources
o   Local – A Woman’s Place: www.awomansplace.org or 1-800-220-8116
o   National – Love Is Respect: www.loveisrespect.org or 1-866-331-9474, or text loveis to 22522

·        Model healthy relationships for others to see and from which to learn.