Wednesday, August 6, 2014

      The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.PRO-ACT
          Pennsylvania Recovery Organization --
     Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) 
Recovery in Our Communities
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   Our greatest glory is not in never failing, 
    but in rising up every time we fail.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
So We Can "All Rise"

The most researched criminal justice program in human history is Drug Courts.  And the research is clear:  Drug Courts work!  They reduce crime and are highly cost-effective saving taxpayers anywhere from $3,000 to $13,000 per participant depending on the court.  Read more facts and figures about drug courts from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Most citizens and celebrities are lining-up in support of drug courts.  This PSA was posted several years ago by  ALL RISE, a group that proclaims how we "All Rise" when we help a fellow citizen to manage their addiction as opposed to incarcerating them.    

Its no wonder that both The White House and state governments agree that communities should expand drug court programs as much as possible.  However, expansion must be done the right way.    

In Pennsylvania, there is strong support to ensure that drug court programs operate in accordance with best practices.   First, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court established a Drug Court Accreditation Program to help drug courts operate in accordance with the latest scientific research.  Second, treatment and criminal justice professionals who operate these programs formed the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals years ago to educate, train and support others in their operation.  
Messages Can Change Attitudes About A Dangerous Drug

Many young Americans receive pro-marijuana "weed-tweets" several times a day, according to a study released by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  

One such twitter account has over 1 million followers and posts  11 tweets per day. 

The findings are concerning because young people may be  receptive to social media influences.  "It's likely a young person's attitudes and behaviors may be influenced when he or she is receiving daily, ongoing messages of this sort," says Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.  "It is important to remember that [marijuana] remains a dangerous drug of abuse," she said.  In 2011, marijuana use contributed to more than 455,000 emergency room visits, with 13 percent of those for patients aged 12 to 17. 

For more on why researchers say pro-pot messages set the stage for drug use, read the Full Press Release from Washington University in St. Louis.
Some Upcoming Events
Aug. 20th: Meet The Council Open House8 - 9 am at 252 West Swamp Road, Bailiwick Office Campus, Unit 12, Doylestown, PA 18901

September 12, 20147:05 pm. Recovery Night at the Baseball Game, Phillies vs. Marlins, Citizens Bank Park. Click here for tickets. 
September 20, 2014PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2014, Great Plaza, Penn's Landing, Philadelphia. Click here to register and get more information.
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