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Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
A member of the Bucks County Division of Human Services

Overdose Prevention Program

Overdose Prevention Resources

Confronting An Epidemic - Workgroup Report

In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared prescription drug overdoses an epidemic in the United States. Opiate-related deaths have risen drastically since the early 2000s, and as of 2016, not only are prescription drug overdoses still on the rise, but so are Heroin overdose deaths, as users transition from prescription painkillers to heroin as a less expensive, and sometimes easier to get, alternative.

The State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) released "Confronting an Epidemic: Opioid Overdose Prevention in Pennsylvania" in 2016, covering three levels of prevention. Primary Prevention, which included medication drop boxes, was aimed at avoiding the development of addictive behavior; Secondary Prevention, such as Opioid Replacement Therapy, was useful for early diagnosis and relapse prevention; Tertiary Prevention, which was making Naloxone accessible to both first responders and caregivers, was for the purpose of treating the medical consequences of drug abuse.

This report was created to provide a snapshot of opioid overdose deaths and available resources for the prevention of such overdoses, such as locations of drug take back boxes, opioid replacement therapy locations, and naloxone availability in the Commonwealth.  Additionally, this brief provides recommendations to stakeholders dedicated to preventing this epidemic. 

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Prevention Manual

From the PA DDAP Prevention Manual, "It is the intent of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to further the advancement and implementation of substance abuse prevention programs, strategies, policies, practices, and procedures throughout the Commonwealth, based on proven methodologies.  These methodologies are based on research, local innovation and other proven strategies within the substance abuse prevention field.  This work is carried out in conjunction with Single County Authorities (SCAs) and their contracted providers.  As a result, there is flexibility in allowing SCAs to tailor service delivery based on identified needs and risk and protective factors in their communities.  Accomplishing strategic goals and the attainment of measurable outcomes is done in collaboration with local and state partners. Partnerships with other community agencies providing prevention services are also key to overseeing a comprehensive prevention plan."

Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. has partnered with schools, community organizations, and more to bring prevention resources to the county. Using the DDAP Prevention Manual as a guide, the BCDAC has created a strategic and comprehensive plan to fight overdose cases and prevent them from happening in the future.

The PA DDAP has released a modification report on their initial Prevention manual. The information in this report should replace the initial clips in the original document.

Anyone Can Become Addicted to Opioids, Anyone, and Overdose Statistics are on the Rise

Poster depicting the type of person who can become addicted to opioids - pictures of people from all walks of life
Child  at the dentist getting wisdom teeth removed. Opioid abuse can start there, that early.

If you have a complaint about assessment or treatment services you receive, contact us at: 
Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc. 
Complaint and Grievance Department 
215-773-9313.
dnacomplaints@co.bucks.pa.us

Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.

Diane W. Rosati
Executive Director
600 Louis Drive, Suite 102A 
Warminster, PA 18974 
Phone: 215-773-9313, Ext 2703
Fax: 215-956-9939
Email: dwrosati@co.bucks.pa.us

8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Monday - Friday