Bucks County Medication Disposal Program
Drive up & Drop in Take Back Collections Sites
Saturday, April 24 from 10 am – 2 pm
As you know, prescription medications – when taken for non-medical use – can increase risks of dependency. It is critical that we focus on preventive measures to help combat the rising number of people using opioids for non-medical or recreational use. Safe medication storage and disposal are essential in helping to protect our children and young people from becoming accidentally exposed to potentially dangerous medications and decreasing the risk of diversion.
Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. (BCDAC, Inc.), along with law enforcement, agencies, and community coalitions, partner biannually to host medication collections. On April 24 from 10 am – 2 pm, there will be 47 public Drive up & Drop in Take Back Collections Sites throughout Bucks County.
New to the program: police officers will be collecting vaping products for disposal at all 47 hosting sites and in collections boxes located in local police departments. As with all medications, vaping cartridges, pods and e-cigarettes should be disposed of safely. Also new, there are three locations collecting sharps: Hilltown, Bensalem, and Warwick Township. At those same three locations, and while supplies last, a free unit of Narcan will be distributed during the Take Back event.
We believe that by promoting messages of safe storage/safe disposal of prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vaping products, we can reduce the number of accidental exposures, youth rates of prescription drug recreational use and overdose deaths in Bucks County. Thank you for your efforts help to keep prescription drugs off of our streets and out of our water supply. We value and appreciate your community outreach.
Bensalem’s 17th Annual “Unity Week” ~ Jan. 18-22, 2021
Here’s the Virtual Schedule…
Hope and Help: From Families Who Have Walked the Walk
Join us for our new Help and Hope guide. Register HERE
Teen Check-in Support group being held through NAMI.
When: Every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Where: NAMI Bucks County’s Zoom Account
ID: 846 055 7340 PW: 212901
Feed The Hope Free Community Food Distribution Event
Virtual Vaping Summit 2020 – You’re Invited!
Date: November 4-5, 2020
Time: 1 – 4pm on Nov. 4th, 9am – 12:30pm on Nov. 5th
Register here: https://pactonline.org/2020-vaping-summit/
Register by Monday, October 28th
We are pleased to invite you to attend the 2020 Vaping Summit, hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the American Lung Association.
The Vaping Summit is a two-day virtual conference that will offer an overview of the vaping epidemic in Pennsylvania and how we can work together to stop this epidemic. Please see attached for the ‘Save the Date’ as well as below for additional details. Please feel free to share the ‘Save the Date’ with service providers and community partners.
Register by Monday, October 28th
During this summit, there will be opportunities to network and discuss work around the vaping epidemic in PA. Please complete the following brief survey by Wednesday, October 7th to share your feedback about which networking breakout room topics you would be interested in discussing and please let us know if you have any suggestions or questions leading up to the conference.
Click here to complete the Pre-Conference Survey.
Thank you, and we look forward to virtually seeing you there!
Molly Pisciottano, MHA
Specialist | Health Promotions
American Lung Association in Pennsylvania
810 River Ave #140 | Pittsburgh, PA 15212
O: 412-430-3060 | F: 888-613-5757
Lung HelpLine: 1-800-LUNGUSA
Lung.org | Molly.Pisciottano@Lung.org
Drive Up & Drop In – A Safe Medication for Safe Disposal
Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. (BCDAC, Inc.), along with law enforcement, agencies, and community coalitions, partner biannually to host medication collections. On October 24 from 10 am – 2pm, there will be 46 public Drive up & Drop in Take Back Collections Sites throughout Bucks County.
Bucks County is having a Drive Up & Drop In Take Back medication collection event on Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10-2 pm. Law enforcement officers will collect unneeded, unused, or expired prescription medications, as well as over-the-counter.
New to the program: police officers will be collecting vaping products for disposal at all 46 hosting sites and in collections boxes located in local police departments. As with all medications, vaping cartridges, pods and e-cigarettes should be disposed of safely.
Please visit www.bcdac.org for site locations, site protocols, and more.
According to the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS), 42.9% of Bucks County students responded as “took them from a family member living in my home” as their most frequent source/method of obtaining the prescription drugs that they used without a doctor’s prescription. It is important to follow safe practices with all medications. This includes storing medications appropriately, taking medications only as prescribed, and locking up and monitoring medications. You can also safely dispose of both prescribed and over-the-counter medications by participating in Take
Back by using a drop box located near you.
To find a collection box located in a police department nearest you use CLICK HERE, or contact Donna Foisy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215.444.2740.
YMCA “Stand Against Racism” Webinar Series Begins July 1
Join us in our free webinar series: Stand Against Racism hosted by the YWCA Bucks County. Starting July 1st, from 1 pm to 2 pm. Check our link to sign up for our weekly Zoom webinars. https://www.ywcabucks.org/stand-against-racism-webinars/
“Being an Ally”
We invite you to our next virtual community conversation on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, from 1 to 2 pm. The topic will be “Being an Ally.” Our speaker will be Marlene Pray, and YWCA Executive Director, Guillaume Stewart will be our host. Marlene Pray, MEd is an Anti-Racist Community Organizer, Director of The Rainbow Room, and leader of Rise Up Doylestown.
“Off to a Good Start”
Virtual QPR Training
NAMI Online Support Groups and Wellness Events
YMCA – “Defining White Privilege”
Wednesday, July 8th from 6 to 7 pm.
Join the YWCA Bucks County in our community conversation that will focus on defining white privilege in our country. Participants will be challenged to identify their privilege in their lives on a macro and micro scale, and how to use this privilege to bring about change. It will be a safe space to share and to ask questions.
Executive Director Gee Stewart interviews Serita Lachesis and Ilya Moses in this interesting and educational topic. Serita is currently a sixth-grade teacher at a Quaker school in the city, where she is an active member of the diversity committee. Ilya is the Operations Manager at Franklin Square, where he is piloting a diversity and inclusion training program for his staff. Register here: https://www.ywcabucks.org/stand-against-racism-webinars/
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