Category: Blog Posts


National Prevention Week

May 13 kicks off Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) National Prevention Week, which is dedication to increase public awareness of mental and/or substance abuse disorders. The observance brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities together to raise…

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Allegany County Spring Pill Drop

“Helping to Keep Prescription Pills off Our Streets and Out of the Hands of Our Children” Bolivar and Wellsville – On Saturday, April 28 the Allegany County Spring Pill Drop was held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA)…

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Alcohol-Free Weekend

This April marks the 32nd Annual Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) since 1987.  This year’s theme is: “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage’ .” No other substance is more…

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26th National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week

One in five students in America has used an inhalant to get high by the time he or she has reached eighth grade, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  More than 1,000 different products are commonly abused.  Parents…

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National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Spurred by advocacy, President Ronald Reagan declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987. The deinstitutionalization movement of the seventies and early eighties had laid the foundation for significant social change, and the presidential proclamation called upon Americans to provide…

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Governor Cuomo Announces Lowest Adult Smoking Rates in New York State History, NOT in Allegany County.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the adult smoking rate has fallen to the lowest in New York State’s recorded history as a result of the state’s wide-ranging tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. The statewide adult smoking rate is 14.2…

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Alcohol Use Raises the Risk of WHAT?

January 22 to January 28 is National Drug Facts Week. Organizations use this week to educate their communities on the dangers of different drugs.  Partners for Prevention in Allegany County (PPAC) uses this week to highlight facts about certain drugs…

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How to Help a Smoker Quit Smoking

According to the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, if you are concerned about a smoker you know, there are certain things you should understand.  First, understand the addiction.  For some users, the nicotine addiction is so powerful that it can…

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Golden Key Individual Award

At the Western New York Chemical Dependency Consortium’s 28th Annual Holiday Award Luncheon on November 17, Jane Foster of Literacy West received a 2017 “Gold Key Individual Award” for her outstanding contributions to the cause of substance abuse prevention. Jane…

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Family During the Holidays

‘Tis the season for sled riding; cookie baking; and Sunday afternoon football… Thoughts of holiday activities bring a smile to your face, but did you know these cherished activities have a lasting positive impact on your children? Children from birth…

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