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Events


Jun
12
6:00 pm18:00

The Changing Face Of Heroin - Berwick Police Department

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will sponsor a presentation by the Borough of Berwick Police Department at the McBride Memorial Library, 500 North Market Street, Berwick, PA 18603. The program will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The program is titled” The Changing Face of Heroin.”

Berwick Police Department’s Chief Ken Strish will conduct this Borough of Berwick Police Department drug awareness presentation and will discuss the changing nature of heroin trafficking and the incidence of fentanyl.

Chief Ken Strish stated, “Our focus will look at the impact of synthetics like fentanyl and carfentanyl and how they have increased the possibility of overdose and death. It is important for the public to have this information because of the absolute dangers. Fentanyl is a game changer because it is so much stronger than morphine and heroin.”

The heroin-fentanyl mix has been with us for a long time. The Centers for Disease Control reported (July, 2008) that the mixture of heroin and fentanyl killed over 1,000 users from to 2005 to 2007. The profile of the characteristic victim: 35-54 years old (58.6 percent), male (80.1 percent) and white (55.4 percent). And in early 2014, a “public health crisis” was declared in the Pittsburgh area after 22 deaths were believed to be caused by a deadly mix of heroin and Fentanyl, labeled as Theraflu, Bud Ice, and Income Tax. 

 

May
8
6:00 pm18:00

Recovery From Both Sides - Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance (BADA) will host a presentation titled “Recovery is Real” at the McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, Berwick, PA.  The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Cathy Ryzner and Jason Harlen, CEO of the Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services will host the BADA program, which will explain recovery strategies for those struggling with addiction.  

According to Ryzner, “ This BADA program is important because Recovery is possible, real, and happening everyday. Society needs to understand that we are good people with a bad disease.”  

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance is a community-based, citizen-driven group providing resources dealing with the ongoing problem of substance abuse. The program is open to the public and is free of charge. Informational materials will be distributed. For more information on this event please contact Maxim Furek at (570) 542 – 7946

Apr
10
6:00 pm18:00

Narcan - Stemming The Tide Of The Heroin Epidemic

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance (BADA) will host a presentation titled Stemming the Tide of the Heroin Epidemic at the McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, Berwick, PA.  The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017.

The BADA program will be hosted by Project Bald Eagle Executive Director, Steve Shope and will include training in the administration of the life-saving drug, Naloxone. Also known by its brand name, Narcan, PA legislators passed Act 139 in 2014 allowing all citizens to administer the drug with immunity. When administered in time, Naloxone will reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

According to Shope, “One in four people in our communities knows someone who is struggling with opioid addiction. We are all at risk and we all need to be prepared.”

Police Cheif Ken Strish - Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative
Jun
13
6:00 pm18:00

Police Cheif Ken Strish - Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative

  • McBride Memorial Library

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will conduct a presentation at the titled “Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative”. The Meeting will be held at the McBride Memorial Library on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

The innovative program will be presented by the Berwick Police Department’s Police Chief Ken Strish and members of the regional anti-drug coalition.

Strish stated, “The Borough of Berwick Police Department have joined the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative, partnering with several other law enforcement agencies nationally on this new initiative. The initiative is intended to bring law enforcement, mental health professionals and substance abuse health care professionals together to ensure that any individual voluntarily seeking rehabilitation receives that care and treatment they deserve immediately.”

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance is a community-based, citizen-driven group providing resources to deal with the ongoing problem of substance abuse. The program is open to the public and is free of charge. Informational materials will be distributed. For more information on this event please contact Maxim Furek at (570)-542-7946 or McBride Memorial Library at (570) 752-2241.