Update on the Overdose Task Force Meeting from 1-10-18

At the Overdose Task Force meeting last night our own Michelle spoke from the heart about her recovery and  Cheryl, Tammy, Erich, DA Gene Vittone and other members of the Coalition received an award from the DEA for the work they have done in the addiction community. This award and the drop in opioid overdose deaths shows that the processes in place are having a positive effect.  Please read the attached article, as it proves that progress being made in the community to combat addiction. https://observer-reporter.com/news/localnews/washington-opioid-coalition-making-progress-in-battle-against-opioid-addiction/article_4a69161a-f655-11e7-99e1-8319cb064bbe.html

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Opioid Overdose Coalition invites you to attend.

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Pennlive features Washington County

Washington is one of the six hardest-hit counties, as identified by 2016 overdose death rates and Pennlive is featuring each of the communities in this series.  Check it out:   ‘I fell in love with the drugs’: Addicted Towns of Pa.

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Take Back Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is coming up this Saturday, October 28. The Drug Enforcement Administration holds this event to provide people around the country a way to safely dispose of their prescription drugs at collection sites near you.  However, please remember if you can’t take them this Saturday, there are locations that collect throughout the year

Locations that will be collecting this Saturday only are as follows:

  • Chartiers Twp Police Dept  will be collecting at their station located at 2 Buccaneer Dr  Houston, PA 15342
  • Canonsburg Police Dept. will be collecting at Canonsburg Shop N Save 617 W. Pike Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317
  • Peters Twp Police Dept will be collecting at the following locations:
    Bible Chapel 300 Gallery Road  McMurray, PA 15317
    Giant Eagle  4017 Washington Road  McMurray, PA 15317
    Rite Aid Pharmacy  4185  Washington Road  McMurray, PA 15317
    Market District  2840 Washington Road  McMurray, PA 15317
    Heisler’s Market  601 E. McMurray Road  McMurray, PA 15317
  • Mt Pleasant Twp Police will be collecting at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Building   31 McCarrell Road, Hickory, PA 15340
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Red Ribbon Week: October 23-31, 2017

The Red Ribbon Campaign began in 1985  in response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena.  People began to wear Red Ribbons as a symbol to raise awareness of his death and destruction cause by drugs.  The first National Red Ribbon Celebration was held in 1988.  From that time on, the Red Ribbon Campaign has been held in schools across the county with education and drug prevention activities. This year it is October 23 – 31st with the theme “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free”.

However, adults need to be involved also, talk to your children, grandchildren, neighborhood children.  Children that have a conversation about drugs with adults that truly care about them are less likely to begin to use drugs.  Sign the pledge to help our youth avoid drugs.

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Recovery Advocacy Day in Harrisburg 2017

The bus left at 7:30 a.m. yesterday with community members and Washington Drug & Alcohol Commission Inc. employees  heading to Harrisburg for Advocacy Day.  It was attended by many across the state and voices were heard by our representatives and those attending that recovery is possible and it does happen.  The Observer Reporter was able to capture some of the crowd please read their article.  To see pictures from the day click here.

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2017 Recovery Walk In the News

The 2017 Together We Can Recovery Walk was a great success.  We thank anyone who attended and if you missed it this year we hope you can join us next year.  To see the photo and article on the walk in the Observer Reporter click here.

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Join us in Harrisburg – Courage to Change September 26, 2017

rad flyer 17 (002)Recovery Advocacy Day “Courage to Change” is September 26, 2017 at the PA State Capital in Harrisburg, PA.  For more information please contact Meghan at 724-223-1181 ext 137  or by e-mail: meghana@wdacinc.org

You are invited to join Pennsylvania’s recovering community for a day of advocacy in Harrisburg. Recovery Advocacy Day aims to raise awareness of substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

Participants are welcome to  meet with their elected officials after 10:00 a.m. where they can share their recovery experience and convey a message of hope. At 2 p.m., participants are invited to attend a media event in the main rotunda which will consist of remarks from individuals in recovery and state officials.

 

 

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FASD Awareness Day – September 9th

FASD stands for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, this term is used to describe a disorder that occurs when a woman drinks alcohol while pregnant.  There are no safe time to drink alcohol when pregnant, so why risk the health of your unborn child.   FASD can influence your child all of their life. Why risk it?  Give your child the best start in life you can give them.  FASD is 100% preventable, give them your 100% by not drinking!

Here are some of the signs of FASD.

  • Children born with FASD will have distinctive facial features such as a small head, their eyes will look different and weigh less than normal babies.
  • Children born with FASD can have problems with their organs, including their heart and kidneys.
  • Children born with FASD will have difficulty learning and memory for their entire life.
  •  Children born with FASD will have difficulty with attention and a higher than normal level of activity (hyperactivity).
  • Children born with FASD will have speech and language delays, a low IQ,  and poor reasoning and judgment skills.

NO amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe.  It is best to refrain from drinking any form of alcohol if a women is pregnant, trying to become pregnant or not using an effective form of birth control.  The reason for this is that she may be pregnant and not know and expose her unborn child to alcohol.  At week 3,  the heart, brain and nervous system is being developed, most women don’t even know they are pregnant at that time.   In week 4,  the eyes, ears and limbs are being developed. This is usually about the time that most women find out they are pregnant with some not finding out until weeks 6 when the teeth and mouth are already being formed.

 

 

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Washington Co. DA and WDAC on Sunday Business Page on CBS

Gene Vittone and Erich Curnow were interviewed for the Sunday Business Page on CBS about the current Opioid Crisis.    To see the interview click on the following link:  Washington Co. DA Eugene Vittone & Washington Co. Drug & Alcohol Commission’s Erich Curnow on Opioid Crisis

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