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Local, State and National Resources

Below is a list of Local, State and National organizations that provide services to the public regarding addiction, community empowerment, drug education and prevention, drug take-back programs, recovery, and overall health and wellness. 


Local

GET IN

GET IN is a project of the Westmoreland Drug Overdose Task Force. Our mission is to reduce drug overdose deaths 25% by 2019. Explore our pages and GET INFORMED, INVESTED, and INVOLVED.  

Allegheny County Coroner's Office

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office is unique in that it provides two vital functions. We investigate cases of homicide, suicide, accidental deaths, and all natural deaths that are sudden, unexpected or medically unattended. In addition, our state-of-the-art forensic laboratories apply current scientific methods for evidence analysis and investigations to effectively assist law enforcement, the judicial court systems, and health and environmental agencies. 

Allegheny County Department of Public Health

ACHD's goal is to assure quality public health services, promote wellness, and protect Allegheny County's citizens from harmful effects of environmental sources.

Beaver County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Beaver County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is charged with the responsibility to encourage a seamless system of care that is accessible, continuously available and emphasizes health promotion, prevention, early intervention, resiliency, recovery
and rehabilitation.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children through excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Due to the local heroin crisis, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has begun developing care and research to address the unique issues of addiction.

DEA Youth Dance Program

By reaching out to America's schools under the powerful name of DEA and the DEA Educational Foundation, the DEA Youth Dance Program will inspire youth with healthy and drug-free messages, and encourage them to exercise and express themselves artistically.

Gateway Rehabilitation

Gateway Rehab’s mission is to help all affected by addictive diseases to be healthy in mind, body and spirit.

HHS – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. OAH supports and evaluates evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs and implements the Pregnancy Assistance Fund; coordinates HHS efforts related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention; and communicates adolescent health information to health professionals and groups, those who serve youth, parents, grantees, and the general public.

Keystone Wellness Programs

Keystone Wellness Programs is dedicated to the promotion and coordination of community-wide education to help reduce the risk behaviors associated with using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; chronic diseases; and other health-related illnesses.  Trained health educators offer a variety of tobacco prevention and cessation programs for adults, teens and children, as well as working in collaboration with area drug prevention agencies to address the emerging issues facing western Pennsylvania residents.

Pittsburgh Poison Center

Staffed 24 hours a day, the Pittsburgh Poison Center (PPC) responds each year to more than 150,000 requests for poison information from the general public and medical professionals who reside in 44 Pennsylvania counties. 

Not One More – Pittsburgh Chapter

Not One More’s main purpose is to educate our families about the hazards of heroin and other drug abuse.  Not One More raises awareness by changing stigma and laws to being an end to the heroin, prescription drug epidemic.

Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound works to reduce violent crime in high crime, generally low-income neighborhoods. Safe and Sound’s three pronged approach incorporates after school youth programs, neighborhood organizers; crime free communities and law enforcement; and Federal, State and local authorities sharing crime information to assist in the neighborhoods

Sage’s Army

Our mission is to address issues related to drug and alcohol addiction by providing informational support to children and families by raising awareness one person at a time.

University of Pittsburgh Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research

CEDAR’s mission is to elucidate the etiology of substance abuse and substance abuse disorder using longitudinal research strategy. This research program is supported by a Center grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office

The duties of the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office is to conduct investigations to determine the cause and manner of any death that falls into their jurisdiction and to determine whether or not there is sufficient reason to believe any such death may have resulted from criminal acts or criminal neglect of persons other than the deceased. The Coroner’s Office also tracks and analyzes drug toxicology.

Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol Commission Inc.

The Mission of Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life for persons who have experienced problems related to their addiction.


State

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), reflects a strong commitment by the Commonwealth to provide education, intervention and treatment programs to reduce the drug and alcohol abuse and dependency for all Pennsylvanians.  DDAPs mission is to engage, coordinate and lead the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s effort to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and abuse; and to promote recovery, thereby reducing the human and economic impact of the disease. 

DDAP Offices

OverdoseFreePA

OverdoseFreePA is a collaboration between six partner organizations and sixteen Pennsylvania communities involved with overdose prevention and recovery activities. These communities are collaborating to develop resources that can be used by all Pennsylvanians to learn more about overdose and the way Substance Use Disorders (SUD) affect people, families and communities. By working together to create a central overdose resource, the treatment and prevention efforts in these communities will be increased.

The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance Campaign to Stop Opiate Abuse:  PA Stop

PA Stop is designed to educate Pennsylvanians about the risks of prescription painkiller and heroin use, the relationship between painkiller and heroin use, and what to do when you need help. We are working to prevent non-medical use of prescription painkillers and, in so doing, to break the connection between heroin and prescription painkillers. Together, we can stop opiate addiction before it starts. The Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) realizes immediate action needs to be taken to prevent opiate abuse. We believe this website, and its content, will provide you with increased awareness, education and information on how to seek help.  

 


National

Federal Government Agencies
 

Drug Enforcement Administration

The main mission of the DEA is to dismantle the major drug trafficking organizations. It is also committed to reducing the demand for drugs through prevention and education activities. DEA’s Office of Demand Reduction works with Special Agents across the United States to provide drug prevention information to communities on the dangers of using illicit drugs and drug trends.

Website for teens: www.justthinktwice.com; website for parents: www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com

National Guard

The National Guard’s Counterdrug Program’s mission is to use the National Guard’s resources to help create the best opportunity for America’s youth to make the decision to be drug-free. They work with local law enforcement, education and community based organizations to reduce the chances of exposure of illegal drugs to our nation’s children.

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) –Impaired Driving Division

This division has driving resources, including information on investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cases involving impaired driving. The office uses a three-pronged strategy: high visibility law enforcement with supporting communication campaigns; enhanced prosecution and adjudication; and medical screening and brief intervention for alcohol abuse problems.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA conducts research and disseminates the results of research programs about the effects of drug on the body and brain.

Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP)

ONDCP reports directly to the President and is responsible for overseeing the substance abuse budgets of all the federal agencies and develops the President’s National Drug Control Strategy each year.  ONDCP administers the Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and the Drug Free Communities Support Program

Operation Prevention

The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is responsible for overseeing and administering mental health, drug prevention and drug treatment programs around the nation. The agency is made up of 3 centers: The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP); Center for Mental Health (CMH) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

Free publications from SAMHSA can be downloaded at http://Store.samhsa.gov

U.S. Department of Education (ED)Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS)

The Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools provides financial assistance for drug and violence prevention programs that promote the health and well-being of students in elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

For information on specific funding for programs www2.ed.gov/programs/landing.jhtml 

 

Non-Federal Prevention Resources

American Council for Drug Education (ACDE)

This is a substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current scientific research on drug use and its impact on society.

AWARxE Prescription Drug Safety Program

The AWARxE Prescription Drug Safety Program, supported by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation, is an information source providing authoritative resources about medication safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safely buying medications on the Internet.  The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is the impartial professional organization that supports the state boards of pharmacy in protecting public health. NABP aims to ensure the public’s health and safety g.hFoundation is the educational and developmental arm of NABP.

Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)

CESAR’s mission is to inform policymakers, practitioners, and the general public about substance abuse, its nature and extent, its prevention and treatment, and its relation to other problems.

Community Antidrug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

CADCA is an organization whose purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community anti-drug coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy, and drug free communities.

Prevent Rx Abuse A CADCA Toolkit

CADCA’s Online Rx Abuse Prevention Toolkit contains facts, strategies and tools to prevent and reduce teen Rx medicine abuse in your community. This newly revised toolkit is based on CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Effective Community Change. Incorporating these strategies will help you formulate, modify and implement your prevention and intervention strategies.

Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF)

This organization is a drug prevention and policy organization committed to development, promotion and sustaining global strategies, policies and laws to reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, drug related injury and death.

Drug Strategies

This is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment website dedicated to providing the best resources for fighting substance abuse.

Elks Drug Awareness Program

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has a resource center for the Elks National Drug Awareness Program, the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States.

National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACOA)

The mission is to eliminate the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NDCP)

NDCP is the national membership organization for public, Drug Court, DWI Court and Mental Health Court professionals, including justice system, alcohol and drug treatment, and mental health treatment professionals.  

National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI)

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators is a non-profit membership organization that works to develop and implement solutions to the problem of prescription drug diversion. NADDI advocates for the responsible use of prescription drugs by people who need them, and at the same time, works with law enforcement and state regulatory agents to pursue those involved in related criminal activity. 

RxDrugDropBox

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) has launched a program designed to significantly reduce the prescription drugs in American homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. Therefore, NADDI has developed this web page to provide the locations of law enforcement sites that are accepting prescription drugs throughout the United States.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

This association Supports the development of effective prevention and treatment programs and provides assistance to state alcohol and treatment agencies and state prevention agencies.

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

As a private nonprofit organization the mission is to help families and their communities keep safe from crime. They sponsor a public education campaign involving 1600 crime prevention professionals.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)

NIPC serves as an inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, stimulates media coverage about inhalant issues, develops materials, and provides training and technical assistance

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDF)

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction.

White Bison, Inc.

An American Indian non-profit charitable organization that offers sobriety, recovery addictions prevention, and wellness/wellbriety resources to the Native American community nationwide, as well as to non-Native people.

 

Youth Organizations

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people; especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 

D.A.R.E.-Drug Abuse Resistance Education

D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

SADD is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, specifically underage drinking, other drug use, impaired and risky driving and teen violence and suicide. It is a peer to peer youth education, prevention and activism organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges.