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During April, COCA recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month by working to spread awareness of the dangers of unhealthy alcohol consumption.
We’ve launched a new media campaign that seeks to educate Berks County youth about the risks of vaping.
Check back for dates of our future Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14.
The Council on Chemical Abuse helps raise awareness about the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children.
The Council on Chemical Abuse has partnered with the Reading Royals to promote the John R. Elliot HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®.
In recognition of The Great American Smoke Out, our Prevention Specialists took a two-week Traveling Quit Kit Tour around Reading, handing out FREE Quit Kits at various locations.
The Council on Chemical Abuse staff attend numerous health fairs throughout Berks County where we provide the community with resources for substance use prevention, treatment and recovery.
The Council on Chemical Abuse is promoting the use of designated drivers by bringing the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign to Berks County.
Marijuana has changed greatly over the last 50 years. It is a powerful drug, far stronger than it was in the 1970s, with the potential for serious consequences.
Older adults often confront physical and social changes that can increase their vulnerability to substance misuse.
COCA celebrated Red Ribbon Week 2021 by providing red ribbons and educational programs free to Berks County schools.
The Great American Smoke Out challenges Americans to quit tobacco on the 3rd Thursday of November.
No amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy. Check out our fun, fall mocktail recipes.
Read Courage the Lion’s Prevention Adventure Stories authored by our prevention staff, with important lessons for children ages 5-12.
Watch our Prevention Week videos to meet our prevention specialists and learn what they do.
Throughout the pandemic, COCA sustained prevention efforts through online offerings.
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.
Three virtual lessons that teach elementary, high school and middle school students about feelings and having courage.
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 2020, 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.
Our brand new COCA Creative Activities for Meaningful Prevention (CAMP) Challenge will provide weekly activities for families through July 27.
View the winning entries in our 2020 poster contest on Online Gaming: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
COCA Prevention Specialist Teresa Detweiler shares her expertise on vaping.
Did you know that online gaming can lead to gambling?
COCA staff offer fun-filled prevention activities to summer camps, youth groups and other summer programs.
Throughout the summer of 2019, our Prevention Specialists offered a program that focused on kindness.
Tips for parents to help teens enjoy proms and graduations safely.
New research suggests that early alcohol exposure can come back to haunt a person later in life.