March 18, 2022
- Harrisburg, PA
The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) joined the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and adolescent substance use disorder treatment provider, The Bridge, to discuss the increase in availability of fake prescription pills online and treatment options for youth with a substance use disorder. The conversation took place at Pathways to Recovery, Public Health Management Corporation's (PHMC) partial hospitalization program, that treats individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health challenges."The increase in counterfeit pills and their availability on social media platforms highlights the importance of parents talking with their children about the risks of taking medication that is not prescribed by a licensed medical professional," said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. "Adolescent treatment providers, like The Bridge, offer specific treatment programs to meet the needs of youth and young adults with substance use disorder. We encourage anyone with children or youth in their lives who are struggling to reach out for help."