JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WJAC) — Statistics show Cambria County lost 94 people to drug overdoses in 2016 -- 94 parents, siblings, children or friends. At the time, the county ranked second in the state per capita for overdose deaths. Since then, the number has declined. Last year, Cambria County saw a slight decrease, 87 deaths. So far
NORTHERN CAMBRIA – Leaders of about a dozen subcommittees of the Cambria County Drug Coalition emphasized the importance of collaboration during a community update meeting Thursday. Avenues being taken to address the county's substance abuse problem include treatment, recovery, prevention, education and law enforcement. At Contres Greer Social Hall, Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan
COALITION CORNER | Co-occurring mental health and substance use issues have available treatment options By Tracy Selak
Current data suggest that one in five individuals will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in their lifetime, and of those living with a mental health disorder, as many as 50 percent will also experience a co-occurring substance use disorder. Click here to read more.
Mike Messina, of the Community Action Partnership of Cambria County, talks about the Red Ribbon theme at his office in Johnstown’s Landmark Building on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Red Ribbon Week was created in response to the death of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico in 1985. The idea began with parents
When the Cambria County Drug Coalition was formed just a short 30 months ago, three key areas of focus were emphasized: law enforcement, treatment and prevention. In short, the law enforcement focus is to make it very difficult on those who deal in the illegal drug trade. The treatment focus is to help those battling
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions and substance-use disorders, and to celebrate the individuals living in recovery. This observance promotes the belief that behavioral health is essential to overall
Celebrating the possibility of recovery from addiction was the theme of Saturday’s Recovery in the Valley event, a resource fair that featured several speakers, held in recognition of September as National Recovery Month. Magellan Healthcare and the Cambria County Drug Coalition teamed up to host the event at Central Park in downtown Johnstown, offering a place
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Cambria County Drug Coalition was awarded a significant grant Tuesday to help keep drugs out of the community. U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus made the announcement that the coalition will receive $125,000 a year for the next five years for a total of $625,000. Click here to watch the story.
The Cambria County Drug Coalition, which was formed two years ago in September, has received its largest one-time funding source to date. Click here to read more.
Drinking alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use are the biggest risks for students in Cambria and Somerset Counties. Though, the latest data shows that more and more students are making the right decisions. Click hear to read more.