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Heroin Use in Pennsylvania and New Jersey - The Radio Times Interview

The Council's Public Policy and Family Program Specialist Noni West was featured in a Radio Times interview with Marty Moss-Coane on July 7th about heroin use in Pennsylvania. CLICK HERE to listen to the full interview.


Bronze Key National Recognition Award presented to Honorable Donald Nasshorn

The NCADD Bronze Key is a national recognition award granted by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence for Affiliate presentation to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the field and the Affiliate. It is the highest local award presented by Affiliates.  The Award was presented to Honorable Donald Nasshorn on behalf of The Council for 27 years of Board participation, leadership, outstanding service and contributions to reducing the impact of addiction.

Honorable Donald Nasshorn was a Member of The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc. Board of Directors for 27 years and served  as President for 16 years.  During this time, Don has led the Council through periods of growth in both geographic service areas but also expansion in scope of service.  His contributions have been wide and diverse.  As a champion of early intervention and recovery support services to those involved in the criminal justice system, Don has been a strong advocate at both a systems and personal one-on-one level.  He has chaired the building committee that led to the purchase of 3 buildings for Council programming.  He currently chairs a county-wide overdose prevention taskforce. 

The Council Celebrates Staff Retirement

The Council celebrates the retirement of long-time employees Joyce Derbyshire, Fiscal Manager (7 years) and Doris Buchanan, Central Office Coordinator (12 years).  Thank you for your years of dedicated service and we wish you every happiness as you retire! 



PRO-ACT's Allen McQuarrie to Receive Vernon Johnson Award

Faces & Voices of Recovery is recognizing the outstanding contributions of Allen McQuarrie who serves The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., Board of Directors for PRO-ACT’s Public Policy Committee.

Allen has been in long-term recovery for 29 years and has been an actively involved, contributing and effective advocate, professional and volunteer in the Recovery Movement during all these years. He has been the chair of the Bucks County Chapter of PRO-ACT for 15 years. He has served the chapter in many capacities: mentor, trainer, and advocate. He has worked with prisoners, military veterans, and other volunteers.

In 2002, Allen chaired a meeting to plan PRO-ACT's first Recovery Walk, an event attended by 125 people in recovery tucked away in Valley Forge Park. Today the Recovery Walk is attended by 20,000 people in public view at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, making it the nation’s largest.

In the realm of public policy, Allen has had measurable success. He created a group to pursue state enforcement of Pennsylvania’s Act 106, which mandates insurance coverage for addiction treatment as prescribed by a medical professional. He served actively on the group, which took a lead role in getting the Insurance Department to put insurance companies on notice that the law would be enforced. The Attorney General’s office defended the department when the insurance companies sued, and the State Supreme Court upheld enforcement of the law.

When Act 106 became at risk of being weakened by the passage of the federal Parity bill, he worked with Skip Carroll and Congressman Joe Sestak to set up a hearing in Pennsylvania with then-Congressman Patrick Kennedy. When the Congressman heard Allen’s testimony, he amended the house bill and subsequently persuaded his father to do the same in the Senate.

Allen has led the public policy group in the 5-county Southeast Pennsylvania area for many years. In addition to working with legislators and mentoring others to do the same, he has established alliances with other groups to make the voice of recovery heard in the state.

This June at America Honors Recovery we will salute the extraordinary contributions of Allen and many other influential recovery community leaders to the growing Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement.

Event takes back prescription drugs in Bucks County

Drug abuse prevention agencies and law enforcement waged war on the problem at Saturday’s countywide drug takeback day held at 48 locations including police stations, supermarkets and pharmacies.  Melanie Swanson, Prevention Specialist discusses the importance of proper disposal of medications.  Click here to read the full article. 

Experts: 'killer heroin' may be something else

The so-called “Killer Heroin,” which is blamed for a string of recent overdoses in Bucks County, may contain little — if any — actual heroin.  Read what David Fialko, Prevention Specialist, has to say about the dangers of heroin use in this article featured in The IntelligencerClick here to read full article.

Video: Prescription Drug Abuse with A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Be a Part of the Conversation presented "A Conversation on Prescription Drug Abuse" with Dr. Tom McLellan on March 18, 2014.  Watch this must see video of Dr. McLellan's powerful presentation about Prescription Drug Abuse . . . America's fastest growing drug problem here:

You Make a Difference Award

David Anastasi received the “You Make A Difference Award” at The Council's March 21, 2014 Board Meeting. David has been an outstanding program facilitator with The Council for many years. A participant of one of his groups put it this way "This man . . . had the ability to teach, amuse, admonish, discuss, bring levity to, bring seriousness to and generally hold the rapt attention of as diverse a 20 person group as is possible.  He was in a word, remarkable."  Congratulations Dave and thank you for making a difference!


Council Board Member Rose McMenamin Elected President of FBA

Rose McMenamin, Council Board Member and vice president of business development at 3rd Federal Bank, was recently elected as president of the Feasterville Business Association (FBA).  She has been affiliated with the FBA for many years, has held various board of director positions and led the monthly speakers committee before joining the board.   

The Council's Sara Colvin featured in PBS39's Focus: Bucks County Drug Court

PBS39's Focus reporter Grover Silcox explains the inner workings of Bucks County Drug Court, an alternative for some people facing criminal drug charges and state prison sentences. The video features the story of our own Sara Colvin, Montgomery County Project Coordinator.