The Bucks County Medication Disposal Committee, a
sub-committee of Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities, partnered with the
Bucks County Sherriff’s Office in collecting unused or expired medications at
the Middletown Grange Fair.During the 5
day fair, the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office collected a total of 90.52 lbs. of
turned in drugs. This was a great effort on everyone’s part and plans are
already in place to host a collection next year.
In 2010 Bucks
Promise for Youth and Communities formed the highly responsive Bucks County
Medication Disposal Committee with the charge of developing a convenient and
environmentally responsible prescription drug disposal program.By including key partners with a joint
interest in reducing prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse, to date
Bucks County officials have collected over 37, 519.9 lbs. - over 16 tons - of
unused, unwanted and expired medications. These medications no longer risk
diversion from our medicine cabinets or pose a threat to citizens by polluting
our water supply through unsafe disposal methods.
Drug Take Back Committee continues to focus on the
countywide Medication Take- Back Initiative and safe drug disposal efforts. If
you would like to join in this important effort, please contact Donna Foisy or
come to our BPYC Consortium meetings.
Members of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit [BCIU] Student
Forum filed into Neshaminy High School’s library, eager to speak with Deputy
Director David Mineta of the office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to the
live videoconference, the students formulated questions to be asked during the
conference, no time was wasted. A student from each school district introduced representatives
from his or her respective schools. After the formal introductions, Deputy
Director Mineta informed the students of the harmful effects of drugs on youth
throughout the nation and the importance of prevention and avoiding exposure to
drugs before these drugs take their toll. Stimulated students posed their
questions to Deputy Director Mineta. The positive interaction and exchange of
valuable information ended the meeting on a high note. The forum came to a
close as Director Deputy Mineta thanked the students for their active
participation in a large-scale effort to better their communities, and reminded
the students, “You are not the leaders of tomorrow, you are the leaders of
student forum consists of eleventh and twelfth grade student representatives
from participating public, nonpublic, and technical high schools that meet
monthly at the Intermediate Unit or district high schools to discuss student
suggested topics such as drug and alcohol prevention, suicide prevention, and
current events throughout the county.
The students’ responsibilities are to
identify and study local and regional concerns, and to serve as a sounding
board for views, programs and concerns in individual districts.
-William Suh, 11th Grade, Centennial School
I wish to thank all of you for helping to make BPYC 2012-2013
such a successful and productive one.
We began September 29, 2012 with our nationally recognized
Medications Take Back Day, collecting over 5,427.32 Lbs. and then topping our
collection total again on April 27, 2013 with 6710.41 Lbs. These medications,
now disposed of safely, are no longer in danger of polluting our water supply
or risk of being misused. Thank you to
the Medications Take Back Committee for your commitment to bringing best
practices and protocols to the Take Back Project and for serving as state and
national consultants in effort to expand Take Backs and collections. Through
working with multiple partnerships we have expanded to 25 permanent Lock box
locations throughout the county.
During our October 17th meeting BPYC members met
with the Student Leadership Advisory Group, a group of representatives from public
and nonpublic high schools, to discuss issues that affect youth.
In February BPYC was honored by Community Anti-Drug
Coalitions of America, CADCA, with A Dose
of Prevention Award for outstanding prevention efforts in prescription and over
the counter drug misuse, and was invited to facilitate a training called “Bringing
Take Backs to the Next Level” at the CADCA Conference.During the Conference BPYC Members witnessed
our Legislators Congressman Fitzpatrick and Senator Casey be recognized with
Congressional Leadership Awards for outstanding work in prevention.
members were provided with presentations on Gang Awareness, Family and
Parenting Programming, Gambling Among Youth, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and had
opportunities to network and share our experiences and resources.Thank you to those that shared your summer
safety programming and prom tips with the group.
Our May 22,
2013 meeting, via teleconference from the White House, was with the Deputy
Director of Demand Reduction Mineta, Executive Office of the President Office of National Drug Control Policy,
ONDCP, and Ms.Robinson, Policy Analyst,
ONDCP and Lt. Hernandez, Executive Office of the President Drug-Free
Communities Support Program.Results
from the meeting were positive and we will be given an opportunity to meet
again at our BPYC September 25, 2013 meeting.
Please join us at our
June 26, 2013 meeting at the Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. or for more
information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To mobilize, build and strengthen the community around our youth to enrich the quality of life in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Meeting Dates & Locations
• September 24, 2014- IU- BPYC meeting at the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit #22 on 705 Shady Retreat Road in Doylestown.
• October 22, 2014 - BPYC meeting at the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. on 600 Louis Drive in Warminster.
• December 3, 2014 – Bucks County Intermediate Unit # 22 (Combined November and December meeting)
• January 28, 2015 - Bucks County Intermediate Unit # 22
• February 25, 2015 - Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
• March 25, 2015 - Bucks County Intermediate Unit # 22
• April 22, 2015 - Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
• May 27, 2015 - Bucks County Intermediate Unit # 22
• June 24, 2015 - Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.