Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse Specialty Program

Prescription Drug Abuse Specialty ProgramIn 2012, WVADS, Inc. developed a Prescription Drug Abuse Specialty Program for treatment, as well as prevention/education. Phil Bauer, whose 17-year-old son, Mark, died of a prescription drug overdose one day prior to his high school graduation, was a major influence on the decision of the agency to begin such a program. His strong advocacy, conviction, and dedication to increasing awareness of this specific problem was enough to convince WVADS, Inc. that it should lead the way. What we found was an epidemic problem with prescription drug abuse in both the young and adult population. The numbers of people gaining access to these drugs illicitly by “doctor shopping” and “pharmacy hopping” was drastically increasing as was interest and street access.

  • Data from the National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health shows that nearly one-third of people aged 23 and over who used drugs for the first time began by using a prescription drug non-medically.
  • The Monitoring The Future Study—the nation’s largest survey of drug use among young people—showed that prescription drugs are the second most abused category of drugs after marijuana.
  • More people die in America every year from prescription drug abuse than die from heroin and cocaine combined, according to a new report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The Center For Disease Control found a fourfold increase in deaths from prescription narcotics over the past decade. Not surprisingly, it coincides with a fourfold increase in the number of prescriptions written for the powerful painkillers.
  • Annually, between 15-20 million Americans report using a prescription drug for non-medical reasons at least once per year.

With the assistance and expertise of our Medical Director, Dr. Edward Carey, we have developed treatment protocols and procedures that will provide the patient a tremendous opportunity for recovery. Additionally, our Relapse Prevention Program will assist the patient in learning how to maintain their long-term recovery. On the Prevention/Education side, we have begun placing a greater emphasis on integrating prescription drug prevention information and materials into our school-based and community programming. A comprehensive brochure, detailing prescription drug info has been developed by the agency and widely distributed.

DUI Services

WVADS, Inc. Is Approved To Provide:

  • Northeast Pennsylvania Alcohol Highway Safety 12.5 Hour Course
  • CRN Evaluations (Court Reporting Network)
  • DUI Counseling

Friends of Sharon

The “Friends of Sharon”is a pro-active organization founded in the memory of SharonYanulevius, a 25-year-old woman tragically killed by a drunk driver on August 12, 1995. Sharon’s parents, Frank and Sharon Yanulevius, are actively involved in the organization. The mission of the “Friends of Sharon” is:

Prevent
…injuries and loss of human life as a result of drivers who operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/ or alcohol.

Educate
…provide year-round public awareness programs and activities designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate the tragedies resulting from driving under the influence.

Advocate and Lobby
…for the rights of victims and their families of drunk and/or drugged driving crashes and to hold drivers accountable and to insure that they are financially responsible for their actions.

Click here for more information on the “Friends of Sharon”

S.O.B.E.R. (Slow On the Bottle, Enjoy the Road)

This is a drunk and drugged driving awareness program conducted annually from mid-November to mid-January during the holiday season. The S.O.B.E.R. program utilizes overturned vehicles placed at various high traffic locations in the community to vividly demonstrate the consequences of impaired driving.

S.O.B.E.R. Program

(Slow On the Bottle, Enjoy the Road)

This is a drunk and drugged driving awareness program conducted annually from mid-November to mid-January during the holiday season. The S.O.B.E.R. program utilizes overturned vehicles placed at various high traffic locations in the community to vividly demonstrate the consequences of impaired driving.

WVADS, Inc. Is Approved To Provide:

  • Northeast Pennsylvania Alcohol Highway Safety 12.5 Hour Course
  • CRN Evaluations (Court Reporting Network)
  • DUI Counseling