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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.

After a very steep incline in deaths, federal, state and local efforts began to look at opioid overdose deaths and ways to address the crisis. Young adults are now being treated in hospitals for lung-related illnesses due to vaping devices. Medical Marijuana is now legal in Pennsylvania and conversation has started regarding recreational legalization. And what you may not have heard yet is our area is seeing an increase in Methamphetamine and Cocaine use.

All of these issues affect our community in Berks, and we are here to share with you updates and provide information on resources available to you.

Learn About Current Issues

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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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 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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