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Our Programs

The Council on Chemical Abuse provides a number of programs on substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery in Berks County.


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Virtual Prevention Education


Check out our virtual prevention lessons for students in grades K-12.

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Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14


The Council on Chemical Abuse prevention team is introducing a new Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth ages 10-14. The first session will begin in Jan. 2021.

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FREE Narcan® Kit


Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (i.e. prescription pain medication or heroin).

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UDecide


The UDecide Program (UDP), formerly known as the Underage Drinking Program, is an educational program for young adults.

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Safe Medication Disposal


Proper medication disposal prevents accidental and intentional misuse and helps protect the environment.

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BCTV & WEEU


COCA hosts monthly episodes on BCTV and WEEU in order to keep Berks County residents updated on topics related to addiction.

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RISE Center


The RISE Center (Recovery – Information – Support – Education) is a new facility in Reading, PA.

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Marijuana Diversion


The Marijuana Diversion Program is a partner program with Berks County Magisterial District Judges to provide education to those charged with marijuana possession or paraphernalia.

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Free Tobacco Cessation Classes


Our tobacco cessation classes have gone virtual! Get the support and resources to quit without leaving home.

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Blue CARES


Blue CARES is a collaborative program between Berks County Law Enforcement and the Council on Chemical Abuse.

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Berks County Warm Handoff Program


The Warm Handoff Program works to provide treatment intervention to individuals who enter hospitals with substance use disorders.

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COCA’s Addiction Resource Lending Library


The Council on Chemical Abuse, in collaboration with the Berks County Library System, hosts an Addiction Resource Library that is open to the public.

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Pat Ganter Scholarship


This $1,000 award is available to Berks County High School Seniors. The 2020 submission period has ended.

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Certified Recovery Specialist Training


The Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) credential qualifies drug and alcohol peers who are in recovery to help others move into and through the recovery process.

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Tobacco Compliance


We are currently seeking youths under the age of 18 who are interested in drug and alcohol prevention to assist us with tobacco compliance checks.

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