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April 27, 2021

Berks County Program Highlighted by PA Attorney General

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro held a press conference at the Berks Rise Center on April 13, highlighting the state’s LETI (Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative) program. The Council on Chemical Abuse’s Blue CARES – Next Step program is a part of that initiative, and Berks is one of only seven counties in the state currently participating.

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April 7, 2021

Berks Co. Update: COVID-19 & the Opioid Crisis

On March 31, Berks County Commissioners and local experts gave an update on the opioid crisis, which has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. While much of the news wasn’t good, with an unfortunate increase in overdose deaths, presenters stressed that treatment and support remain available in the county.

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March 10, 2021

Telehealth Counseling – A Virtual Path to Recovery

In Pennsylvania, nearly all outpatient treatment providers of substance use disorder now offer telehealth services. That means patients can access treatment without an inpatient visit.

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March 3, 2021

Free Apps for People in Recovery

We’ve compiled a list of recovery-based apps that can be downloaded onto your phone to help you stay connected to a recovery support community and meet your own recovery goals. All of the apps listed are available on Google Android and Apple iOS. Best of all, these apps are free.

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February 10, 2021

Overdose Deaths Rise in 2020

While COVID-19 makes daily headlines, another epidemic has been lurking in the shadows. The Opioid Epidemic remains a deadly reality in Berks County, with 128 confirmed drug-related fatalities in 2020, up from 121 in 2019.

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February 1, 2021

Hope & Healing in Recovery

Mutual aid support meetings offer people in recovery and opportunities for shared hope and healing. In Berks County, hundreds of mutual aid and self-help support meetings occur on a weekly basis.

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January 20, 2021

Finding Support for a Loved One

Is someone in your family struggling with a substance use disorder? You’re not alone, even though you may feel as though you are. In fact, addiction is an issue faced […]

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January 12, 2021

COVID-19 & the Berks Co. Courts

Adams recounted how the county’s entire criminal justice system was forced to “pivot hard and fast” last March when trials and in-person hearings were canceled, and the prison population had to be reduced due pandemic-related to safety concerns. Fortunately, in less than two months virtual technology allowed the justice system to operate proficiently. But Adams still had concerns.

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January 6, 2021

Managing Medication Safely During the Pandemic

With more family members staying home due to the pandemic, the safe management of all drugs, both prescription and over the counter, has become more important than ever. To help keep their loved ones safe, families must develop a plan for securely storing all medications, and properly disposing of those that are unused or expired.

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