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Red Ribbon Week 2018

Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated as a symbol of support for efforts to reduce drug use through youth prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, individuals demonstrate their opposition to illegal drugs and illustrate their dedication to living drug-free and fighting against illegal drug use.

This year we are joining the National Red Ribbon Week Campaign “Your Future is Key, so Stay Drug Free! Once again, the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) is sponsoring the campaign by providing red ribbons to all Berks County schools. The 2018 Berks County campaign will run from October 22-26.

For more information and to request ribbons for your school or organization, please contact Sarah Billman at (610) 376-8669, Ext. 106, or email her at sbillman@cocaberks.org.

Get Narcan – Training

Opioid Overdose Recognition & Response
Thursday, September 13, 2018
7:00 p.m.
St. Ignatius School
42710 St. Albans Drive, Reading, PA 19609
FREE Admission

The Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) and St. Ignatius Church would like to welcome interested community members for a FREE Narcan training event. This training will provide information on addiction and how you can help in the unfortunate event of an opioid overdose. Participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of an overdose, and how to respond using “hands-only” CPR and the life-saving medication Narcan.

All Berks County residents who pre-register for this event will receive a free Narcan Kit supplied by COCA.

REGISTER: TRAINING - Opioid Overdose Recognition & Response

PLEASE NOTE: Once your registration is received, COCA will review your information and you will receive a confirmation email.
  • **To receive a FREE Naloxone kit from COCA after the training on 9/13/18, you must be a Berks County resident and must provide valid ID**

Lunch & Learn – Pathways to Recovery

EVENT: Lunch & Learn – Pathways to Recovery
Monday, September 17, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Berks County Community Foundation – Board Room
237 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601
Trainer: Yvonne Stroman
Cost: FREE

Addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. For many, it is a way of living that is consumed with self-harm, shame, and hurt. In order to get better, individuals must learn a new way of living, thinking, and behaving. As the individual learns a new way of living, the road to wellness can be tailored to meet his/her specific needs. Help is available and people do recover. During this Lunch & Learn program, attendees will gain information regarding the various pathways to recovery including 12-step, faith-based, and cognitive behavior approaches. Information will be shared regarding what is available in our community to help individuals get well.

For more than 25 years, Yvonne Stroman has worked in the field of social services providing leadership, direction, support, education, advocacy, training and empowerment to individuals, families, and communities. She is currently employed with the Council on Chemical Abuse as the Community Programs Specialist.

About Lunch & Learn: These mid-day events are designed to accommodate the working schedule. CLICK HERE to see other upcoming Lunch & Learn dates.

Register for this event by filling in the form below.

REGISTER: LUNCH & LEARN - Pathways to Recovery

PLEASE NOTE: Once your registration is received, COCA will review your information and you will receive a confirmation email.

SEPTEMBER: National Recovery Month

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month.  Now in its 29th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

Each year, Recovery Month selects a new focus and theme to spread the message and share the successes of treatment and recovery. The 2018 Recovery Month observance will focus on urban communities, health care providers, members of the media, and policymakers, highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society.

Information pulled from https://www.recoverymonth.gov/

This year’s events for National Recovery Month include:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – Tune into our show on BCTV to hear about National Recovery Month and the events coming up!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Pathways to Recovery event at Atonement Lutheran Church

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Recovery Walk/Soberstock event

CLICK HERE to view all the upcoming COCA events!

SOS Berks: Stop Overdoses… Save Lives

About SOS Berks

SOS Berks is Berks County’s Opioid Coalition. This coalition is coming together in an effort to reduce overdose deaths and to stem the negative effects of the current opioid crisis. SOS Berks members include representatives from criminal justice, healthcare, human services, education, local businesses, drug and alcohol treatment, and other concerned citizens.

Join an upcoming event:

Thursday, September 13, 2018
7:00 p.m.
St. Ignatius School
42710 St. Albans Drive, Reading, PA 19609
Cost: FREE

This training will provide information on addiction and how you can help in the unfortunate event of an opioid overdose. CLICK HERE for more information. All Berks County residents who pre-register for this event will receive a free Narcan Kit supplied by COCA.

Check out the first issue of “The Response” – A Berks County, PA Opioid Coalition Magazine

Lunch & Learn: What’s Up with Weed?

“What You Need to Know About Marijuana in Pennsylvania”
Monday, August 20, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Trinty Lutheran Church
527 Washington Street, Reading PA 19601
Trainer: Martha Thompson
Cost: FREE

Over half of the states in our country have now legalized medical marijuana. In 2016, legislature for medical marijuana was passed in Pennsylvania. Join us for this ever-changing conversation on August 20, 2018, at a Lunch & Learn program with Dr. Martha Thompson. The discussion will include trends for marijuana in PA and the US, and current legal changes in our state. Dr. Thompson will share research on this topic and helpful tips to on how to work with youth and adults around medical marijuana.

The presentation will be made by Dr. Martha Thompson. Dr. Martha Thompson has been providing direct clinical care in mental health and addictions since 1999. Her passion for helping others grow to their best drives her personally and professionally.

About Lunch & Learn: These mid-day events are designed to accommodate the working schedule. CLICK HERE to see other upcoming Lunch & Learn dates.

Register for this event by filling in the form below.

Unfortunately, our LUNCH & LEARN: What's Up with Weed? has reached its full capacity. To be placed on a waiting list and/or to be informed of future COCA offerings please contact our training coordinator at (610) 376-8669.

EVENT: 2018 COCA Annual Conference

Trauma & Addiction: Healing the Hurt
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1741 Papermill Rd, Wyomissing, PA
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please join us for our 2018 Annual Conference. More information coming soon, but for now, please save the date to join us!

NEWS: Governor Wolf Announces Progress, Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declaration

May 14, 2018 (Harrisburg, PA) – Governor Wolf Announces Significant Progress in Opioid Disaster Declaration Initiatives

April 4, 2018 (Harrisburg, PA) – Governor Tom Wolf announced the renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, which was introduced in January and set to expire on April 10. The renewal allows for the 13 initiatives introduced in the past 90 days to continue without interruption and for the introduction of new initiatives to help those suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD)… Continue reading.

Related Links:

The Rundown: Gov. Tom Wolf renews opioid disaster declaration (Reading Eagle)

NEWS ALERT: Gov. Wolf announces disaster declaration for the heroin and opioid epidemic


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