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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.
Experts believe smokers are vulnerable to the most dangerous impacts of COVID-19.Read More »
The coronavirus has led to an upheaval in society that has impacted the way people are consuming alcohol.Read More »
Pennsylvania continues to be one of the hardest-hit states by the opioid epidemic.Read More »
Heroin and Fentanyl are classified as opioids, and when used can result in a deadly overdose.Read More »
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."Read More »
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in America, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Read More »
Vaping and JUULing have reached epidemic levels among young people who often think e-cigarettes are safer to use than traditional cigarettes.Read More »
Download the toolkit for fact sheets, local data, tips and resources on vaping.Read More »