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Current Concerning Trends

If you have read the news recently, chances are you have seen something about the opioid epidemic, vaping or marijuana. While these have always been a concern, the current pandemic has impacted all aspects of society, including substance abuse. Smoking, vaping, alcohol use, the opioid crisis and gaming addiction continue to affect people in our communities in Berks County, often with a new urgency arising from social distancing and anxiety.

We are here to share updates on current trends and provide information on resources available on the local, state and national level.


Learn About Current Issues

Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19


Experts believe smokers are vulnerable to the most dangerous impacts of COVID-19.

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Alcohol and COVID-19


The coronavirus has led to an upheaval in society that has impacted the way people are consuming alcohol.

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Opioid Epidemic in Berks County


Pennsylvania continues to be one of the hardest-hit states by the opioid epidemic.

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Heroin & Fentanyl


Heroin and Fentanyl are classified as opioids, and when used can result in a deadly overdose.

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Methamphetamine


This past fall, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an article entitled "Cocaine and methamphetamine are on the rise in Philly, even as the opioid crisis continues."

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Marijuana


Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in America, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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E-cigarettes & Vaping


Vaping and JUULing have reached epidemic levels among young people who often think e-cigarettes are safer to use than traditional cigarettes.

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Our Vaping & JUULing Toolkit


Download the toolkit for fact sheets, local data, tips and resources on vaping.

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