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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
The Council on Chemical Abuse is currently offering Berks County families FREE medication lock boxes and medication disposal bags. Offer valid while supplies last.
Get links to local support groups that are meeting online during COVID-19.
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