Health Alert: 100 overdoses in Berks over the weekend. Click here for more details.
The District Attorney has issued a public health alert in response to over 100 reported overdoses that required medical attention during the weekend of Sept. 11 in Berks.
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith recently visited Reading Hospital – Tower Health to highlight the success of the Warm Handoff program.
The Council on Chemical Abuse has introduced a new Stigma Reduction Toolkit for Berks County Media and Communications Professionals.
On August 4, Governor Tom Wolf signed his 15th renewal of PA’s Opioid Disaster Declaration
The Council on Chemical Abuse will sponsor the National Red Ribbon Campaign by providing red ribbons and educational programming free upon request to Berks County schools.
For the summer of 2021, the Council on Chemical Abuse provided participating Berks County summer camps, playgrounds and programs with FREE weekly Prevention Adventure Kits.
Students in grades 2-5 are invited to watch a World No Tobacco Day video with engaging activities that teach kids the dangers of tobacco.
During April, COCA recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month by working to spread awareness of the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption, including underage drinking.
Congratulations to the winners of our 2021 Problem Gambling Awareness Poster Contest inspired by the theme “The House Always Wins.”
A list of free apps to help you stay connected to a recovery support community and meet your own recovery goals.
After many years at our former location, we are pleased to announce that the COCA offices have moved to a new Reading location.
A BCTV episode about efforts to reduce drug overdoses county-wide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most dangerous time of the year for substance use and alcohol-related deaths is around the holiday months.
The Council on Chemical Abuse is joining NCPG this year in raising awareness about the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children.
The Council on Chemical Abuse is introducing a new Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14. The first cohort is set to begin in February.
Over 200 professionals participated online in the 20th Annual COCA Conference on November 5.
In honor of Red Ribbon Week, our mascot Courage took a Mystery Tour of Berks County schools! From October 25 – 29 he visited 20 schools after hours. We caught him on video having some fun!
The Great American Smoke Out challenges Americans to quit tobacco.
New statewide effort seeks to end the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder.
10 Facts about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
A series of 10-minute videos to guide parents in teaching their children valuable prevention lessons.
In July, our prevention specialists handed out an estimated 5,000 booklets with prevention info and activities to libraries, summer camps, and other summer programs!
These online trainings were created for people in recovery and their allies.
The Council on Chemical Abuse is currently offering Berks County families FREE medication lock boxes and medication disposal bags. Offer valid while supplies last.
Our brand new COCA Creative Activities for Meaningful Prevention (CAMP) Challenge will provide weekly activities for families through July 27.
The center has provided withdrawal management services to the Berks community for many years and is one of a number of Tower Health closures due to revenue losses.
This workshop for youth and adolescents explores potential issues that exist in the world of online gambling and video gaming.
View the winning entries in our 2020 poster contest on Online Gaming: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Watch a video of the SOS Berks Opioid Crisis Update, recorded on May 13. Learn about ongoing opioid treatment and recovery services in Berks County during COVID-19.
This presentation is chock full of valuable information, such as how big tobacco companies target youth, why flavors trick kids into vaping and more.
Experts believe smokers are vulnerable to the most dangerous impacts of COVID-19.
The coronavirus has led to an upheaval in society that has impacted the way people are consuming alcohol.
Treatment for substance use is still available from Berks County providers.
Individuals struggling with a gambling disorder may be more vulnerable during the pandemic.
Find a list of available local drug and alcohol treatment providers who are still offering services during COVID-19.
Get links to local support groups that are meeting online during COVID-19.
Find resources for addressing the social and emotional needs of families and educators.
Stay connected with the recovery community with virtual resources!
Check this page for updates regarding closures, cancelations and updates related to COVID-19.
COCA Prevention Specialist Teresa Detweiler shares her expertise on vaping.
Local programs and initiatives continue to fight the opioid epidemic in Berks Co.