National Take Back Initiative will take place this Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:
- City of Washington Police Department
- Chartiers Township Police Department
- Peters Township Police Department will be collecting at the following locations: Bible Chapel, Giant Eagle, Rite Aid and Heisler’s Market.
- Canonsburg Police Department will be collecting at Shop N Save in Canonsburg
- Mt. Pleasant Police Twp. at the Municipal Building.
However if you can’t make it that day, don’t worry please see the list of sites you can drop off your unwanted medications every day throughout the year listed on our website at Drug Disposal Sites .
The Prevention department is in the process of presenting the Prom Promise to the local high schools. Asking students to sign a pledge to behave responsibly before, during and after the Prom and committing to an alcohol and drug free prom night. The students have been educated on the dangers associated with alcohol and drug use to help them make informed decisions and we are happy that so many have committed to have an alcohol and drug free prom. Here a picture of one of the first schools that was able to do the Prom Promise Pledge, we look forward to posting more photos in the coming weeks.
Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. (WDAC) Board of Directors has approved ten $2,000.00 grants to those interested in doing a prevention program/activity in our county. Please download the RFP by clicking the link below, complete and e-mail to Tammyt@wdacinc.org. All grants will be reviewed and final approval will be made by the Board of Directors.
Please click 2017-2018 Prevention Grant RFP
The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 24th Courthouse Square Room 104 from 6:00 – 7:30. No RSVP is necessary. Come Join us!
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol. Alcoholism has little to do with the amount or what kind of alcohol one consumes but more the uncontrollable “need” for alcohol. It’s a powerful craving a need as strong as the need for food or water. So, when you hear someone say to an alcoholic “Just quit”, they can’t. In fact, someone who is used to drinking large amounts should not just quit cold turkey. It’s the only drug that you can die from the withdrawals. Other drugs the person may want to die but with alcohol then can die from it. With support and treatment, they may be able to stop drinking and reclaim their lives. Treatment is available, contact our office if you don’t have insurance to cover it and live in Washington County. 724-223-1181 or 1-800-247-8379
Source: NCADD.org and WDAC
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol. Did you know that up to 40% of hospital beds are filled in the United States (except those being used by maternity and intensive care) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption. You may have heard a glass of wine is good for you and it does help raise the HDL cholesterol, reduces blood clots, and help prevent artery damage caused by bad LDL cholesterol. However, that is in moderation of one glass (5 oz.) or less a day for women and 10 oz. or less a day for men. But non-alcohol wine, dark chocolate, grapes, peanut butter, blueberries and cranberries have the same source of Resveratrol that will do the same thing. Studies also have shown it does nothing to help health benefits for those under the age of 40 and can do more damage if you drink more that those amounts on other days. Over time excessive alcohol use can lead to numerous health conditions such as dementia, stroke, increased risk for cancer, liver disease to name a few.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol. You may have heard someone say…I only had one drink. That may be true but not all drinks are the same and not all bartenders make the drinks the same. For example, a glass of wine (5 oz. size) can be equal to 1 to 2.75 standard drinks because of the alcohol content of the wine. A Long Island Ice Tea is usually 16 oz. and considered to be one drink but is equal to 6 standard drinks because of the alcohol content. Women’s bodies tend to process alcohol less efficiently than men. Therefore, a woman may reach a higher blood alcohol content (BAC) faster than men but men remain intoxicated longer. Of, course everyone is different and reacts differently to alcohol but on average it takes an hour to fully process a standard drink. So, one Long Island Ice Tea would take 6 hours to be out of the persons system. But drinking two of them within an hour could lead to alcohol poisoning.
Source: DDAP and NCADD.org
On April 7th, prevention specialists, Marissa Scullion and Ramona Cholak-Jenks, presented information on the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco at the Girl Scouts’ annual “Scout for a Cure” This event was taken place at the Washington Crown Center Mall. The event was meant to not only honor all cancer survivors, but to inform Girl Scout troops on how to prevent the disease by living healthy and active lifestyles.
When you think of alcohol we think of adults but children are affected by alcohol too, more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol. More than half adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking. These kids miss having their parent’s full attention, involvement in activities and may see domestic violence due to the parent’s alcohol addiction.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol. Alcohol is the most commonly abused addictive substance in the United States. Approximately 17.6 million or one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use. Not to mention the violence, crashes and crimes associated with alcohol abuse.