Jan. 28, 2019

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New Tool to Fight Drug Abuse

To help continue efforts to fight prescription drug abuse, there is a new tool available for health care providers and the general public to report suspicious activity involving prescription medication.

The Suspicious Activity Report form, administered by the Office of Attorney General, provides an easy way for people to report fraudulent, stolen or altered prescriptions, or a suspicious doctor/pharmacy.

Tips can be submitted anonymously or with your contact information included for follow up from the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigations.

The form and answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.                                    
Visiting with Future Farmers at Northern High School

Sen. Mike Regan (R-York) and Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding joined me for a meeting with FFA members at Northern High School. I had a great time learning more about how the program is preparing our future farmers for the real world.
Safe2Say Tip Line Now Live

The statewide Safe2Say tip line designed to give students, teachers, parents and community members the ability to anonymously report potential threats and other problems is now live in Pennsylvania.

To report a possible dangerous or violent situation, individuals can call the state tip line at 844-723-2729. Tips can also be reported to www.safe2saypa.org or through the Safe2Say app on iPhone and Android devices.

The Safe2Say tip line gives students a way to share information without fear of repercussions or blame from their peers.

Individuals are encouraged to report physical or verbal assault and bullying, discussion about an upcoming planned attack on the school or a person, depression, excessive guilt or hopelessness, suicidal threats or self-harm, substance abuse, or social isolation or withdrawal.

The tip line was modeled after the Safe2Tell program in Colorado, which has received more than 30,000 reports since its inception in 2004, including reports of a planned school attack, suicidal threats and child abuse.
New Eagle Scout in the District

Congrats to Garrett Benson on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Garret, of Troop 38, built a playground at Crossroads Bible Church in Dillsburg for his Eagle Scout project. This a great project that will see a lot of use. Way to go, Garrett!
Wear Red Feb. 1 to Raise Awareness of Women’s Heart Disease

Women across the country are encouraged to wear red on Friday, Feb. 1, as part of the “Go Red for Women” campaign to raise awareness of women’s heart disease. Legislative efforts over the years, including a resolution currently being prepared for this year, have made the official designation in Pennsylvania as a way to remind women of the risks of heart disease.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year, or about one per minute. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men and are often misunderstood. By increasing awareness, speaking up about heart disease and empowering women to reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease, we can save thousands of lives each year.

You can learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack and what to do by clicking here.
Drugs Destroyed

The York County Solid Waste Authority disposed of a total of 4.15 tons of unused and expired residential medication collected via the authority’s Secure Medication Take-back Box Program, community drug take-back events and illegal drugs delivered by law enforcement for destruction. Every pill dropped off at a secure box is one less drug that will find its way on to the streets, or into the hands of our youth.

To help keep prescription medications out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, 17 York County police departments partnered with the authority to host medication take-back programs. Responsibly disposing of drugs is a matter of public safety and is a simple way to combat the opioid epidemic. Unused drugs can be stolen from homes or taken by people not prescribed to use the medication. Drugs tossed into the trash or flushed down a toilet can contaminate our water supply.

Please dispose of your unused drugs in the take-back boxes at one of the following police departments in the 92nd District:
  • Carroll Township Police Department, 555 Chestnut Grove Road, Dillsburg. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Newberry Township Police Department, 1905 Old Trail Road, Etters. Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Northern York County Regional Police Department, 1445 East Canal Road, Dover. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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