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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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!

Alcohol remains to be the number one most used substance among teens nationwide. However, in Dauphin County 86.8% of tee...
10/24/2020

Alcohol remains to be the number one most used substance among teens nationwide. However, in Dauphin County 86.8% of teens do not drink alcohol. When asked, kids tend to believe that “everyone” drinks or at least, most of their peers do. But the truth is that less than 14% of teens in Dauphin County drink alcohol. That means most of their peers are abstaining from alcohol!
Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!
#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

TODAY 10am to 2pm – Safety drop off any unused medications, controlled or not controlled substances and over-the-counter...
10/24/2020

TODAY 10am to 2pm – Safety drop off any unused medications, controlled or not controlled substances and over-the-counter medications – No questions asked at these featured locations!

Giant Food Stores (Linglestown Road) – Susquehanna Police Department

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – Lower Paxton & Derry Township Police Departments

Penn State Medical Group – North Londonderry Township Police Department

Did you know the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center now accepts unused or used needles?It may be challen...
10/23/2020

Did you know the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center now accepts unused or used needles?
It may be challenging to dispose of used needles properly but when you do, you help keep those needles from being misused or hurting someone else. Stop by the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center tomorrow between 10am – 2pm to drop off your used or unused syringes! #DrugTakeBackDay

Today is the first day of the National Red Ribbon Week!Join us as we celebrate this year’s theme: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be...
10/23/2020

Today is the first day of the National Red Ribbon Week!

Join us as we celebrate this year’s theme: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!

The misconception that “everyone’s doing it” can have a significant impact on a child’s view of drugs & alcohol. Helping to correct that incorrect assumption for our youth is the first step to helping prevent their future use of substances.

Therefore, this week we are going to be sharing positive statistics about the youth in Dauphin County!
Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug-Free!

#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

Although National #DrugTakeback Day serves as a great reminder to turn in old prescriptions, did you know you can safely...
10/22/2020

Although National #DrugTakeback Day serves as a great reminder to turn in old prescriptions, did you know you can safely turn in controlled, non-controlled, prescription, and over-the-counter medications any time at the #PennState Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center kiosks?
They are located at the 30 Hope Drive Entrance B Lobby, Penn State Cancer Institute Entrance, and the University Physicians Center Lobby.
Quick, easy, and SAFE!

This Saturday is National #DrugTakeback Day from 10am – 2pm!This is a great opportunity for you to clean out your old, n...
10/22/2020

This Saturday is National #DrugTakeback Day from 10am – 2pm!
This is a great opportunity for you to clean out your old, no-longer-needed prescription medications from your cabinet. Not only will this free up some cabinet space but it assures that these unused medications won’t get into the wrong hands or be misused in any way. If you are unsure where to take back your medications, check out these locations!

Meet Felicia Stamey!Felicia takes on the role of Case Management Supervisor in our department and has worked for us the ...
10/15/2020

Meet Felicia Stamey!

Felicia takes on the role of Case Management Supervisor in our department and has worked for us the past three years. Prior to this she worked for Adams County Prison as a correctional officer where she witnessed firsthand the effects drug and alcohol use had on individuals who were incarcerated. It was in this position that she discovered her passion for working with individuals struggling with substance use disorder. Felicia has recently achieved her Masters in Psychology to add mental health expertise to her already well-equipped toolbox of skills!

She believes teaching our youth and communities about the impacts of substance abuse and addiction paves a pathway to reducing stigma and better educating everyone on the disease of addiction. When asked, “what does recovery mean to you?” Felicia responded with, “recovery means that an individual is free from all mood-altering substances. However, this process is just as unique as the person journeying through it and can be accomplished at any time and all the time if the person is trying to better themselves.”

“You can always learn something new, the best way to learn is simply to listen not to what is being said, but to how it is being said.” – Felicia Stamey, Case Management Supervisor

#MeettheStaff #RecoveryWarriors @DauphinCounty

This past month we celebrated #NationalRecoveryMonth by joining recovery organizations in Dauphin County in walking a 5k...
10/15/2020

This past month we celebrated #NationalRecoveryMonth by joining recovery organizations in Dauphin County in walking a 5k around City Island!
Recovery is everything and we all need to work together to encourage and support those around us #RiseUpandRecover #Recoveryiseverything

Of the students in Dauphin County, 22% reported that it would be “easy” to access prescription medication. Of those stud...
10/12/2020

Of the students in Dauphin County, 22% reported that it would be “easy” to access prescription medication. Of those students who did misuse someone’s medication, an overwhelming majority stated they took it from someone in their home.

In Dauphin County approximately 4% of teenagers report having misused OTC medications in 2019. Several OTC medications such as cold medicine, allergy medication, and pain relievers are often misused by youth who may not understand that dangerous consequences involved.

Start the conversation with your kids, educate them on the dangers of OTC and prescription medications, and be sure to store medications in your home safely.

#NationalMedicineAbuseAwarenessMonth #NMAAM #lookcloser

World Mental Health Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing ...
10/10/2020

World Mental Health Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

Self-care is an important part of taking care of your mental health. Remember to take breaks throughout the day, practice deep breathing, and get fresh air when you can.

As we know that substance abuse and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety are closely linked, today we encourage you to share with us what you do to take care of your mental health!

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about mental health services or is in need of assistance, please contact the Case Management Unit (CMU) of Dauphin County at (717)232–8761 or Dauphin County Crisis Intervention Services at (717)232-7511.

#WorldMentalHealthDay

Did you know when a doctor prescribes a medication to a patient, they take into account that patients age, weight, heigh...
10/08/2020

Did you know when a doctor prescribes a medication to a patient, they take into account that patients age, weight, height, and various other personalized factors?

When a doctor prescribes a medication, that medication is meant for that patient and that patient alone. Taking someone else’s medication can be extremely dangerous and lead to unforeseen consequences.

When you are finished with a medication, be sure to dispose of any leftover pills. There are several safe drug takeback centers in every county.

Here in Dauphin County, you may do so at various #RiteAid and #CVS locations around the county as well as some police departments!

To properly dispose of medications:
1. Keep prescribed medications to be disposed in sealed containers or sealed bags
2. Remove personal information or mark it out with a permanent marker

If you are unsure where to go to safely dispose of your leftover medications, give us at call at (717)635-2254 or visit our offices at 1100 S Cameron Street in Harrisburg

#NationalMedicineAbuseAwarenessMonth #NMAAM

The Red Ribbon Campaign was founded by the National Family Partnership organization in 1985 to help lead and support fam...
10/07/2020

The Red Ribbon Campaign was founded by the National Family Partnership organization in 1985 to help lead and support families and communities to nurture the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth.

Today, Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.

Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services supports the Red Ribbon Campaign and we invite you to join in celebrating living a drug-free life by wearing a red ribbon from October 23rd to October 31st!

Tune in later this month as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week by sharing positive behavior exhibited by the youth in Dauphin County!
#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

According to National Institutes of Health, misuse of prescription drugs is highest among young adults ages 18 to 25, wi...
10/05/2020

According to National Institutes of Health, misuse of prescription drugs is highest among young adults ages 18 to 25, with 14.4 percent reporting nonmedical use in the past year. Among youth ages 12 to 17, 4.9 percent reported past-year nonmedical use of prescription medications. In the same age range 12 to 17, 1 in 30 students reported misusing medications containing dextromethorphan (cough syrup).

Know the signs of misuse: #lookcloser
- Missing bottles or boxes of medicine
- Changes in friends, physical appearance, sleeping/eating patterns
- Declining grades
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Hostile or uncooperative attitude

Don’t be afraid to #speakup and discuss medication misuse. Teens who learn about the risks of substance abuse from their parents are 50% less likely to use.

#NationalMedicineAbuseAwarenessMonth #NMAAM #lookcloser

The Red Ribbon is a symbol of commitment and celebration to living a healthy, happy life free from harmful substances an...
10/01/2020

The Red Ribbon is a symbol of commitment and celebration to living a healthy, happy life free from harmful substances and drugs. October features Red Ribbon Week (October 23rd to October 31st), a nationally observed week filled with campaigns to embrace and encourage healthy behaviors among our youth.

If you or an organization you know is planning a Red Ribbon Week campaign, share it with us so we can help spread the word and support you!

Tune in later this month as we share positive facts about the youth in our county!
#NationalRedRibbonWeek #RedRibbonWeek2020

Myth: “Having a drink is a good way to relax when pregnant”The truth is any amount of alcohol can be dangerous to a deve...
09/30/2020

Myth: “Having a drink is a good way to relax when pregnant”

The truth is any amount of alcohol can be dangerous to a developing baby.

There are many healthy alternatives pregnant women can engage in to help reduce their stress. Ask your doctor about diet and exercise, or relax by using soothing music, pamper yourself, take a bath, meditate, or practice deep breathing.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to family and friends when feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. Having a network of people who can support you is a great way to reduce stress and stay healthy during pregnancy.

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to stop drinking, help is available. Contact Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services for resources and assistance, call (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.

When it comes to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders, everyday counts
#FASDAwarenessMonth

If you or someone you know suspects their child may be dealing with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, there is a system...
09/28/2020

If you or someone you know suspects their child may be dealing with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, there is a system of services that can help. Early intervention helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities.

If your child is younger than 3 years old, Call your state or territory’s early intervention program and say: “I have concerns about my child’s development and I would like to have my child evaluated to find out if he/she is eligible for early intervention services.”

If your child is 3 years old or older, contact your local public-school system.

Even if your child is not old enough for kindergarten or enrolled in a public school, call your local elementary school, or board of education and ask to speak with someone who can help you have your child evaluated.

Pennsylvania’s State Resource List from the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome >>>> http://ow.ly/npTV50BkRke

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to stop drinking, help is available. Contact Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services for resources and assistance, call (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.

When it comes to fetal alcohol exposure, everyday matters
#FASDAwarenessMonth

Every day matters. If you become pregnant, stop drinking alcohol. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% preventable....
09/24/2020

Every day matters. If you become pregnant, stop drinking alcohol. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% preventable.

Did you know men also play a role in preventing alcohol-related birth defects by understanding the risk of prenatal alcohol exposure, encouraging healthy behaviors, and minimizing or abstaining from alcohol themselves in support of the birth mother?

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to stop drinking, help is available. Contact Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services for resources and assistance, call (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.

There is no known “safe” amount of alcohol during pregnancy.
#FASDAwarenessMonth

Join us tomorrow for Recovery Advocacy Day: Courage to ChangeThis digital event will feature several incredible speakers...
09/21/2020
Courage To Change Recovery Advocacy Day

Join us tomorrow for Recovery Advocacy Day: Courage to Change

This digital event will feature several incredible speakers including legislators, physicians, individuals in recovery, and experts on recovery

The event runs from 10am to 1pm TOMORROW (Tuesday, September 22nd) and will conclude with a townhall with legislators

To register: http://r-a-d-2020.eventbrite.com

Join us as we come together to celebrate the courage to change and advocate for recovery!

#PreventionWorks #TreatmentisEffective #PeopleRecover

This is the sixth annual Recovery Advocacy Day event. This year the event will be held via the zoom platform due to current circumstances.

Myth: “My baby looks normal physically, so they must be fine.” The truth is, the vast majority (over 85%) of children wi...
09/21/2020

Myth: “My baby looks normal physically, so they must be fine.”

The truth is, the vast majority (over 85%) of children with characteristics or disabilities from prenatal alcohol exposure have no physical birth defects, only cognitive and/or behavioural consequences.

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to stop drinking, help is available. Contact Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services for resources and assistance, call (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.

1 in 100 babies have FASD
#FASDAwarenessMonth

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders last a lifetime and there is no cure. However, when addressed early intervention treatm...
09/17/2020

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders last a lifetime and there is no cure. However, when addressed early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development.

1 in 100 babies have FASD, nearly the same rate as Autism.

Did you know FASD is more prevalent than Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, SIDS, Cystic Fibrosis, and Spina Bifida combined?

New research shows that 2-5% of younger school-age children in the US have an FASD
In addition, people with FASD are more likely to suffer from ADHD, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and substance misuse.

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to stop drinking, help is available. Contact Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services for resources and assistance, call (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.

FASD is 100% preventable
#FASDAwarenessMonth

Myth: “FASD only occurs when the mother has an alcohol dependency”The truth is drinking at level below the threshold for...
09/14/2020

Myth: “FASD only occurs when the mother has an alcohol dependency”

The truth is drinking at level below the threshold for alcoholism can still cause harm to a growing baby. Alcohol is a teratogen, a toxic substance, and can interfere with healthy development causing brain damage and other birth defects.

All types of alcohol are equally harmful and there is no known safe amount of alcohol to consume while pregnant.

If you or someone you know is finding it difficult to stop drinking, help is available. Contact Dauphin County Department of Drug & Alcohol Services for resources and assistance, call (717)635-2254 or visit us at 1100 S Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA.

The sooner you stop drinking, the better for your baby

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Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services is proud to be Joining the Voices of Recovery today by participat...
09/12/2020

Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services is proud to be Joining the Voices of Recovery today by participating in the Celebrating Connections virtual 5k!
#RiseUpandRecover

Address

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.

Opening Hours

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
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