Coalition Corner

Blue Christmas Service offers hope, peace by: Rev. Alice Tondora

Christmas seems to come earlier every year, with the sounds of “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” ringing out whether you want it to or not. The fact is, for many people, Christmas is neither jolly nor wonderful. They have lost jobs, experienced financial hardships and health problems, and


Treating opioid-use disorders By Andrew Gaunt

In response to the prevalence of opioid usage in Cambria and Somerset counties and surrounding areas, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center offers both Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and warm handoff protocol for patients who present to the department of emergency medicine with an opioid-use disorder. Read More...


Raising awareness about drug abuse by Kristy Freoni

The Cambria County Drug Coalition is transitioning from a successful September supporting National Recovery Month and the many people living in recovery, to raising awareness through the county’s Red Ribbon Campaign and National DEA Drug Take Back day set in the month of October. Read More...


Celebrating National Recovery Month by Jason Rilogio

National Recovery Month, an annual celebration sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance-use disorders and celebrating those in recovery. Members of the Cambria County Drug Coalition Recovery Workgroup, in collaboration with local


Remembering lives lost to drug overdoses by Natalie Kauffman

The Cambria County Drug Coalition’s Recovery Workgroup is planning an event for International Overdose Awareness Day.  This global event takes place every year on Aug. 31 and aims to raise awareness of overdose deaths, reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and spread the message that overdose is preventable.  It also acknowledges the grief felt


Safe Havens Created for Children By Tony Penna Sr.

The Coaches 4 Kids Foundation started the Playground Takeover Project in 2013. We started this program to create safe havens around the Johnstown area. The Coaches 4 Kids Foundation has been helped in its work by the Cambria County Drug Coalition, CareerLink, Goodwill Industries, the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and many other special groups


Coalition Corner | Drug-collection events make a difference By: Kristy Freoni

More than 25 police departments and pharmacies countywide are set to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local police officers will staff the 29 collection sites to receive expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication from the community. The event,


Coalition Corner|An Investment in Evidence-Based Drug and Violence Prevention Program Makes Economic Sense By: Kate Porter

The Cambria County Drug Coalition has been awarded a grant through the University of Colorado’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV). This investment allows for the continued implementation of the Botvin LifeSkills Training Program (LST). LST is an evidence-based substance use and violence prevention program designed to be implemented in Middle/Junior High