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Anna Straw Initiative’s Family Education Program

PCDR’s Mission Committee is collaborating with The Council of Southeast PA to aggressively address the growing problem of addiction to drugs and alcohol in Upper Bucks County.  The program’s namesake, Anna Straw, a member of our congregation with her parent’s Stephen and Jane, died of a heroin overdose in November, 2012.  She was nineteen.

Feb. 2, 2015 – Ongoing7:00 – 9:00 PM (Mondays)

PCDR – School House16 Irish Meetinghouse Rd. Perkasie, PA 18944

Jane and Stephen, together with fellow congregant, Jim Kosa, are working to make the Council’s Family Education Program, an orientation to addiction and how to deal with it, the beginning of a comprehensive, ongoing effort.

Courses extend over four two-hour sessions, beginning the first Monday of each month.

  • 1st Monday: Understanding the disease
  • 2nd Monday: Impact on the Family
  • 3rd Monday: Developing a support network
  • 4th Monday: Opiate Overdose Training

Beginning just this past December, Naloxone, a drug used to treat narcotic drug overdose, was made available to individuals free of charge. The incorporation of a workshop on Naloxone will make The Family Education Program, initiated in 2001, one of the most comprehensive overviews, on the subject of addiction, in the area.

The program, in its entirety, is being provided free of charge, but contributions are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Interested parties should call the Council’s Advocacy Line, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm, at 1-800-221-6333 for additional information, and to register.  Jim Kosa is, also, available to field any questions at [email protected] or 215-385-0803.

Additional details about the Anna Straw Initiative in the January 26th Online Intelligencer Edition.