Educational Programs Offered for the 2019-20 School Year

For over 35 years, the Council on Chemical Abuse has been a Berks County resource for information and education on the complex disease of addiction. We offer a variety of prevention educational opportunities for school communities seeking to provide students with the knowledge and skills to resist high-risk behavior as they grow.  All programs are available for FREE to Berks County schools.

 Below are programs that COCA will offer in the 2019-2020 school year:

Red Ribbon Week – Red Ribbon Week is a national drug awareness campaign celebrated annually in October. COCA provides Berks County schools with red ribbons for students to wear, symbolizing their decision to stay drug free. We also offer any of the presentations listed below. This year’s theme is “Send a message. Stay drug free.” CLICK HERE to request ribbons.

Time to Talk – For some, starting the conversation about drugs and alcohol can be difficult, and may never happen if a parent is looking for the “perfect moment.” Time to Talk offers tips on how to start talking to children of all ages.

Problem Gambling - COCATeens & Technology In this two part lesson, students learn about the connection between their technology use and gambling. Other topics discussed include addiction as a brain disease and the signs and symptoms of addiction in relation to gaming and gambling.

Opiate Addiction - COCA

A Clear & Present Danger – A two-part educational program that includes engaging, hands-on activities focused on teaching teens safe medication practices, the link between prescription drugs and heroin use, how to turn down the invitation to use drugs and engaging in positive alternatives instead.

Vaping & JUULing – This one part session discusses the truth behind vaping and JUULing. Designed for middle and high school students, this session is also great for faculty looking to learn more about this current tobacco trend.

The Marijuana Discussions – It is time to have an open and honest discussion with our high school youth regarding marijuana. This one hour session promotes critical thinking skills as students discover the science behind marijuana and addiction, the distinction between medicinal and medical marijuana and alternatives to drug use.

Evidence Based Prevention Programs

In addition to the above offerings, our prevention specialists can also provide these Evidence Based Prevention classroom programs:

  • Project Towards No Drug Abuse – Based on more than two decades of successful research at the University of Southern California, Project TND focuses on factors that predict tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use and problem behaviors. This program targets students ages 14 and up.
  • Too Good for DrugsToo Good is a comprehensive family of substance use and violence prevention curricula for students in grades k-12. It is designed to mitigate factors associated with risky behavior and build protection within the child.
  • Botvin Life Skills TrainingThis research-validated substance abuse prevention program for middle school students has been proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

To learn more about these campaigns and programs contact COCA’s Prevention Program Manager, Jaclyn Steed,, (610) 376-8669, Ext. 107.

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