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The U.S. is in the midst of an epidemic. Overdose deaths from prescription opiate painkillers have quadrupled since 1999, and deaths from heroin have tripled in the last five years. With Pennsylvania has a higher overdose rate than most states, how do we respond? PA STOP is a campaign created by the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) to provide increased awareness, education, and information on how to seek help. Berks County has joined this effort by posting billboards around the county with the universal message of the campaign, “Anyone can become addicted. Anyone.”
The Council also has PA STOP brochures available, along with additional information about prescription drug abuse and heroin. For more information about the PA STOP campaign, please visit PASTOP.org.