Bucks County Herald

Countywide blitz in gear to tackle drug epidemic

DANA M. ECKMAN

To raise awareness of the many and diverse efforts to tackle Bucks County's heroin and opioid crisis, local officials and community leaders met April 18 at the Bucks County Justice Center, 100 N. Main St., to launch and officially announce the kickoff of the Bucks County Drug Epidemic Blitz from April 19 to 29.

The blitz is an all-out effort to help mobilize the Bucks County community to combat the drug epidemic affecting the county. The blitz may appear to be an opening salvo in the war against this epidemic, but it is really another method to get the word out regarding available resources.

Ongoing efforts and new programming will ensure Bucks County residents have access to drug and alcohol services, including prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports.

Speakers on Tuesday included: Matthew Weintraub, Bucks County District Attorney; Diane Rosati, executive director, Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc.; Bucks County commissioners attorney Robert Whitley; and others.

"I want this blitz to serve as a spark to start a movement, but we need everybody's help," Weintraub said.

Town hall forums are scheduled to show what everyone can do to help combat the drug epidemic. There will be a specific focus on the heroin and opiate drugs problem.

The key drug awareness programs and events are:

- April 20 - Truman High School, Levittown, Drug & Alcohol Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.

- April 20 - Bristol Borough Hall, Bristol, Community Roundtable, 7:30 p.m.

- April 25 - First Baptist Church, Perkasie, Drug & Alcohol Town Hall, 7 p.m.

- April 26 - Central Bucks East, Buckingham, Drug & Alcohol Town Hall, 7 p.m.

- April 27 - Crossing Community Church, Newtown, Drug & Alcohol Town Hall, 7 p.m.

- April 29 - Countywide Excess Medication Giveback Drive. Contact buckscounty.org for collection sites or 215-444-2740.

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