Dauphin County Drug & Alcohol Services

Dauphin County Drug & Alcohol Services The Dauphin County Dept. of Drug & Alcohol Services has been designated to plan, implement & monitor local addictions through treatment, prevention & intervention.
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It remains imperative that we educate the youth on the dangers of drunk driving. Driving fatalities remain as the number...
12/11/2020

It remains imperative that we educate the youth on the dangers of drunk driving. Driving fatalities remain as the number one cause of death among teens.
#educatetheyouth #drivesafe #dontdrinkanddrive #dontdrivehigh #DrunkDruggedDrivingPreventionMonth
Contact us (717)635-2254

Fall and winter sports season brings on more than just an exciting time to root for your team. Gambling and game season ...
12/09/2020

Fall and winter sports season brings on more than just an exciting time to root for your team. Gambling and game season can be a dangerous mix. Especially this year as many of us are stuck indoors and with more time on our hands. Current estimates suggest that 3% of the adult population will experience a serious problem with gambling that will result in significant debt, family disruption, job losses, criminal activity, or suicide.

Know the warning signs of yourself or someone you love who may be experiencing a gambling addiction:
Denying there is a problem
Lying about where the money is going
Borrowing money to gamble or pay off debts
Taking time off work to gamble
Losing touch with friends
Looking for the "high" that comes from gambling

For more information or resources, please call the PA 24 Hour Hotline 1-877-565-2112 or contact us at (717)635-2254

One person every fifty minutes loses their life to driving under the influence.These fatalities are 100% preventable.Dri...
12/07/2020

One person every fifty minutes loses their life to driving under the influence.

These fatalities are 100% preventable.

Driving under the influence of alcohol impairs your vision, judgement, depth perception, reaction time, and decision-making skills. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is described by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals as “one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving.”

#drivesafe #dontdrinkanddrive #dontdrivehigh #DrunkDruggedDrivingPreventionMonth

If you or someone you know is seeking treatment or resources for alcohol dependency, contact us at (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street in Harrisburg

Here at Dauphin County Drug & Alcohol Services, our mission is to serve those affected with substance use problems by pr...
12/04/2020

Here at Dauphin County Drug & Alcohol Services, our mission is to serve those affected with substance use problems by providing high quality prevention, intervention, and treatment services.

Our website offers a wide array of services and resources to answer any questions you may have, or provide you with any assistance you may be looking for.

Check it out at https://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/drugs_and_alcohol_services/index.php

December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month!This month we highlight the consequences that happen from ...
12/01/2020

December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month!

This month we highlight the consequences that happen from driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or any other mind-altering substance.
Plan ahead, designate a safe way home, and don’t let anyone get behind the wheel after consuming.
#drivesafe #dontdrinkanddrive #dontdrivehigh #Drunk&DruggedDrivingPreventionMonth

If you or someone you know is seeking treatment or resources for alcohol dependency, contact us at (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street in Harrisburg

According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of fatal overdoses involving meth has more than tripled between ...
11/30/2020

According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of fatal overdoses involving meth has more than tripled between the years of 2011 and 2016.
By 2018, there was a 43% increase in adults aged 26 and older who used meth. Using meth, even once, can lead to a fight with a monster where nobody wins.
Long-term health risks of using meth include permanent damage to the heart and brain, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and death.
With the right treatment plan, recovery is possible!
If you or someone you know is looking for treatment, call us at (717)635-2254 or visit our office at 1100 S Cameron Street in Harrisburg
#NationalMethAwarenessDay

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are two of the most dangerous days of the ye...
11/26/2020

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are two of the most dangerous days of the year on our roadways.
In 2019, 1,068 people were killed in drunk driving accidents and that number accounted for only 29% of all traffic fatalities during this time.
MADD has reinvented the phrase “tie one on” to represent tying on a red ribbon if you are a designated non-drinking driver.

The holidays can be a challenging time, especially for those struggling with substance abuse. If you are hosting a holiday party, please be sure to provide non-alcoholic options, refrain from pushing alcohol on guests, and keep the safety of your guests in mind by not letting anyone who has been drinking drive home.

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday!

E-cigarette and vape use is on the rise in our country and many are unaware of the extremely harmful effects associated ...
11/23/2020

E-cigarette and vape use is on the rise in our country and many are unaware of the extremely harmful effects associated with it.

The aerosol that these devices create includes chemicals such as formaldehyde, heavy metals, and other particles that can get stuck in your lungs. Diacetyl is a common chemical used in these devices that when inhaled causes dry cough, wheezing, headache, fever, aches, and shortness of breath. Diacetyl also scars the tiny air sacs in your lungs which makes your airways thick.

Another harmful outcome from vaping and e-cigarette use is E-Cigarette or Vaping Use-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI). This injury to the lungs is caused by vaping vitamin E acetate which is an additive in THC-containing e-cigarettes.

As of Feb 2020, there had been a total of 2,807 hospitalizations for EVALI and 68 deaths in the United States.

#NationalLungCancerAwarenessMonth #smokingcessation #quittoday

The holidays are a wonderful time filled with joy and comfort, but for some the holidays can be challenging and difficul...
11/20/2020

The holidays are a wonderful time filled with joy and comfort, but for some the holidays can be challenging and difficult. Especially for those in our community who are experiencing homelessness.
This Thanksgiving, our department is giving back by holding a clothing drive for our community. We have been collecting warm clothing such as winter hats, scarves, coats, and gloves to be given out on Wednesday, November 25th. Find us downtown! #giveback #tistheseason #community #clothingdrive

Cigarette trends have been declining over the past few years; however, vaping trends continue to climb.The #GreatAmerica...
11/19/2020

Cigarette trends have been declining over the past few years; however, vaping trends continue to climb.
The #GreatAmericanSmokeOut represents a day for anyone who is struggling to quit smoking to make THIS day their day ONE!
No matter how old you are or how long you have been smoking, when you quit your health improves immediately and continues to improve over time. Getting help through counseling and treatment can double or triple your chances of success!

Want to quit?
Contact the 24-hour PA Free Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Contact Harrisburg Area YMCA for more information on smoking cessation by calling the Program Director, Eric Rothermel, at (717)232-3107

Or contact us here at Dauphin County at (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street in Harrisburg

Looking for a presentation on tobacco/vaping? Contact us anytime!

Did you know cigarettes contain over 7,000 different chemicals? Many of which are known to be cancer-causing agents.Quit...
11/18/2020

Did you know cigarettes contain over 7,000 different chemicals? Many of which are known to be cancer-causing agents.
Quitting cigarettes and other tobacco products is not an easy task but it IS possible!
Tomorrow is the #GreatAmericanSmokeOut day, which is a day designated for those wishing to stop using harmful tobacco products to come together and quit!
Instead of making tomorrow one day, make it DAY ONE!

If you would like help to quit smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW
Contact Harrisburg Area YMCA for more information on smoking cessation by calling the Program Director, Eric Rothermel, at (717)232-3107

Or contact us at (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (@MADDOnline) started the “tie one on for safety” campaign in 1986 and it is still observe...
11/16/2020

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (@MADDOnline) started the “tie one on for safety” campaign in 1986 and it is still observed today. As we approach the holidays, we invite you to wear a red ribbon proudly on your chest to represent your abstention from alcohol! #tieoneoncampaign

Meet Chris Nye!Chris started his position as a Mobile Case Manager with Dauphin County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Se...
11/15/2020

Meet Chris Nye!

Chris started his position as a Mobile Case Manager with Dauphin County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services in late June and has already become a great resource to the county! Before he started this position, he worked for the Rase Project as a Certified Recovery Specialist in Cumberland County. He also spent some time working for the Opioid Intervention Court.

Throughout his expansive experience, Chris has come to embrace prevention as education and awareness provided to help foster healthy decision making. When asked “what does ‘recovery’ mean to you?” Chris was very to-the-point with his response, “redemption”. The word says it all.

In case you are wondering, “what exactly is a mobile case manager?” – A mobile case manager is someone who takes on the responsibility of being on-call and ready to go whenever someone is in need. Our mobile case management unit is always here when you or someone you know may need them.

To get in contact with our case management unit, reach us at (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street in Harrisburg

#MeetTheStaff @DauphinCounty

Today is #WorldKindnessDay!Showing kindness to others is not always an easy task, especially when someone does not show ...
11/13/2020

Today is #WorldKindnessDay!

Showing kindness to others is not always an easy task, especially when someone does not show kindness to you. However, kindness must start somewhere and what better place than with you!

Show those around you kindness and respect, we can never know for sure what someone else is going through #showkindness

Today is #NationalParentsasTeachersDay!Here in Dauphin County, we are grateful to have so many inspiring and hardworking...
11/08/2020

Today is #NationalParentsasTeachersDay!

Here in Dauphin County, we are grateful to have so many inspiring and hardworking teachers in our districts.
We also know how important it is to support the parents who are working hard to help educate their children and keep them on top of their schoolwork.
The COVID-19 pandemic introduced all of us to new challenges and obstacles to overcome.
Today, we reflect on the parents and guardians at home who are helping to keep the students of Dauphin County on the right track to live happy, healthy lives!

“Stress” refers to our body’s physical reaction to an overload of physical or mental demands. When we feel stress, our b...
11/04/2020

“Stress” refers to our body’s physical reaction to an overload of physical or mental demands. When we feel stress, our body can react in many ways including increased heart rate, trouble breathing, and even shaking. Our minds may also react through anxiety, depression, or agitation. When we ignore stress or push it away, our body and mind continue to build with stress. Instead, we need to address what is causing the stress and find ways to help calm it.

Mediation, yoga, deep breathing, going on a walk, playing with a pet, talking with friends, reading, and exercise are just a few of the many activities that help relieve stress. You must choose the ones that work for you!

Today is #NationalStressAwarenessDay, let us celebrate this day but making sure we take frequent breaks to deep breathe, stretch, and release stress!

Did you know lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women...
11/01/2020

Did you know lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States?

According to the CDC, approximately 218,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year.

November is #NationalLungCancerAwarenessMonth, a time to come together to raise awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer.

The #GreatAmericanSmokeOut day is coming up on November 19th. This day represents a day of unity among those who are struggling to quit smoking. This day could be your first day on a new journey without using tobacco products!
#protectyourlungs

If you would like help to quit smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Contact Harrisburg Area YMCA for more information on smoking cessation by calling the Program Director, Eric Rothermel, at (717)232-3107

Or contact us at (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street

Today is the final day of Red Ribbon Week! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning positive facts about the youth of Dauphin Cou...
10/31/2020

Today is the final day of Red Ribbon Week! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning positive facts about the youth of Dauphin County. We need to encourage the positive behavior our teens demonstrate and help motivate them to continue leading happy, healthy lives free of harmful substances!
Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free!
#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

75.5% of teens in Dauphin County do not approve of their peers drinking alcohol. 88.9% of teens in Dauphin County think ...
10/30/2020

75.5% of teens in Dauphin County do not approve of their peers drinking alcohol. 88.9% of teens in Dauphin County think it would be wrong if their peers smoked cigarettes. 69.4% of teens in Dauphin County do not approve of their friends using marijuana. 85.3% of teens in Dauphin County think it would be very wrong if their peers used prescription drugs (not prescribed to them).

Let us continue to encourage the positive behavior exhibited by the teens in our county!

Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!
#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

Did you know every Thursday our staff provides outreach services to individuals experiencing homelessness in our communi...
10/29/2020

Did you know every Thursday our staff provides outreach services to individuals experiencing homelessness in our community?
Anyone seeking treatment, resources, or just a friendly conversation is welcome to stop by!
#communityoutreach #seekingtreatment @DauphinCounty

Scientists are now predicting our brains are not done developing until our mid-20s and even once our brains are develope...
10/29/2020

Scientists are now predicting our brains are not done developing until our mid-20s and even once our brains are developed, they continue to create new pathways and evolve over time. When an individual uses a substance while their brain is still developing, it can interrupt the process and cause damage to the brain development and neuron pathways.

The teenage years are the most important years of brain development as the brain is growing fast and ready to learn and adapt. The front part of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, is developed last. This is the part of the brain that helps with problem solving and impulse control. During this time of development, brains of teenagers might rely more heavily on the amygdala to help make decisions, which is the part of the brain responsible for emotions, aggression, and instincts.

It is important to understand that a teenage brain is not a fully developed brain and therefore it needs to be protected from harmful substances that could impact how it matures.

Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!

#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

In Dauphin County, 90.8% of teens do not use marijuana.Marijuana is a substance that can be difficult to discuss with te...
10/28/2020

In Dauphin County, 90.8% of teens do not use marijuana.

Marijuana is a substance that can be difficult to discuss with teens because of the misconceptions surrounding it. The truth is marijuana has harmful effects on an individual’s lungs, heart, and brain development. This is especially dangerous for teens as their bodies and brains are still developing. Regardless of the efforts to legalize the substance for medical and recreational purposes, the harmful effects remain the same.

Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!

#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

Join us in celebrating #redribbonweek, not just for a week but for life! Celebrate dedicating yourself to a life free fr...
10/27/2020

Join us in celebrating #redribbonweek, not just for a week but for life! Celebrate dedicating yourself to a life free from harmful substances! #behappy #bebrave #bedrugfree

Youth use of cigarettes has decreased from previous years; however, vaping trends have dramatically increased.New techno...
10/27/2020

Youth use of cigarettes has decreased from previous years; however, vaping trends have dramatically increased.

New technologies and products targeted towards teens have caused a jump in electronic tobacco products. It is important to understand the harms of these products, as unlike their claims to be healthier than cigarettes, the truth is they come with a whole new set of negative impacts.

Vaping products produce an aerosol vapor which causes a great deal of damage on the lungs in addition to the damage caused by heavy metals, diacetyl, glycol, and other cancer-causing agents.

Many teens believe their vapes do not contain nicotine but that is an incorrect assumption. The truth is one Juul pod contains the same amount of nicotine as one pack of cigarettes.

In Dauphin County, 81.0% of teens do not use vaping products.

Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!
#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

In Dauphin County 97.7% of teens do not regularly smoke cigarettes. Tobacco products affect more than just the lungs, es...
10/26/2020

In Dauphin County 97.7% of teens do not regularly smoke cigarettes. Tobacco products affect more than just the lungs, especially for a teenager. Tobacco products can negatively impact brain development, leave them with less stamina or shortness of breath, reduce lung growth and cause early cardiovascular damage.
Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!
#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

The first step to talking about alcohol with teens is simply getting startedHere are a few tips: 1. Ask permission to as...
10/25/2020

The first step to talking about alcohol with teens is simply getting started
Here are a few tips:
1. Ask permission to ask them questions, make it a conversation you are both willing to engage in
2. Respect how they feel and try not to force the communication
3. Engage them in the facts of how alcohol affects someone, why it is dangerous for teens, and what consequences could happen
4. Seek discussion, not lecture

As an important influence in a teen’s life, make sure you are not making assumptions about their alcohol use. The truth is although most teens don’t drink, some do, and it remains the number one most abused substance among youth.
Start the conversation and encourage them to steer clear of alcohol!
Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!
#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

Did you know last October, there was 36,880 pounds of prescription drugs collected in Pennsylvania? 70% of individuals w...
10/24/2020

Did you know last October, there was 36,880 pounds of prescription drugs collected in Pennsylvania? 70% of individuals who struggle with an opioid use disorder that originated from misusing prescription drugs, reported they secured these medications from the homes of friends and families, most of the time without them knowing it. Safely disposing of your unused medications can help more than you may realize.
Take a moment this afternoon to clean your old medicines and safely dispose of them at a local takeback center before 2pm!
***You may safely dispose of medications anytime via one of the many kiosks located within the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center!

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1100 S Cameron St
Harrisburg, PA
17104

General information

The Department of Drug & Alcohol Services has been designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Dauphin County Commissioners as the Single County Authority (SCA) to plan, implement, and monitor local addictions prevention, intervention, and treatment services. The Department plans and coordinates the type of services for each part of the county and for different types of client needs. These services are purchased from private subcontracting agencies. The goal of all services provided by this Department is to increase the self-sufficiency of clients and communities.

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(717) 635-2254

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We are here celebrating Positive Personal Choices for all children and families. The event is reminding all community members in Dauphin County that using drugs, alcohol, tobacco and gambling is not the norm for our children! There are tons of free activities and food provided for the community by the community sponsored by Dauphin County. Join us 11-3 💙
I spoke to Ron Marsico about starting a program like this in Pennsylvania https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10152216196706659&id=7525251658
For at-risk youth programs & motivational talks and staff trainings please visit