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Red Ribbon Campaign
October 23-30, 2018  

This October, Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is recognizing the Red Ribbon Campaign, which is sponsored by National Family Partnership. The campaign aims to increase community awareness on drugs. According to National Family Partnership, the campaign was originally started in 1985 as a response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena. Angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.


Pennsylvania Recovery Organization - Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) works to reduce the stigma of addiction, ensure the availability of adequate treatment and recovery support services, and to influence public opinion and policy regarding the value of recovery. Each month PRO-ACT coordinates several events, support group, and educational programs.

DEA Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 27th

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is raising community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides local sites for safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th, prescription drug disposal sites will be set up throughout Chester County, in locations including Coatesville,
Downingtown, Kennett Square, Malvern, Phoenixville and West Grove. In addition to the temporary boxes, there are over 20 permanent medication collection boxes in Chester County.

To find a temporary location near you , click here .
To find a permanent location near you, click here .
What's Hiding in Your Medicine Cabinet?

With Halloween approaching, it is a good time to talk about medication safety. You may ask, "why?". The reason being many medications can potentially look and even taste like candy to children. Therefore, it is important to keep medication safety in mind. Below are some safety tips:

-Dispose of unneeded or expired medications at a safe location such as a medication collection site.

-Keep medications in a secure location such as a pill pod or locked cabinet.

-Never share prescribed medication with family or friends, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms as you.

For more prevention tips, check out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website .

Color 5K Walk/Run
Saturday, November 10th

Join us on Saturday, November 10th for the third annual Chester County Color 5k - a family-friendly, timed 5k to raise awareness and funds to help combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in Chester County. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported the Chester County Color 5k in 2016 and 2017! So far, we've raised $63,000 to help fight opioid and heroin addiction here in Chester County!

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Services ran the below Public Service Announcements (click below) on several TV networks. Please complete a brief survey for feedback.
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