Opioid Crisis

Berks Treatment Access and Services Center (TASC)
Treatment Access and Services Center (TASC), Inc., is a drug and alcohol central intake and treatment referral agency . Originally founded in the 1980s as Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime as part of the national “war on drugs” movement, TASC became incorporated in 1992 and changed its name to better reflect its mission of guiding as many individuals as possible into substance abuse treatment services.

Council on Chemical Abuse – Berks County
The Council on Chemical Abuse provides countywide leadership in the development and implementation of policies, programs and a system of prevention and intervention services that prevent the onset of illegal alcohol, tobacco and drug use and treatment services that promote recovery from addiction to all substances.

Get Naloxone Now
Get Naloxone Now is an online resource to train people to respond effectively to an opioid-associated overdose emergency. Get Naloxone Now advocates for widespread access to overdose education and training in how to administer naloxone, the life-saving antidote for opioid-associated overdose. Get Naloxone Now seeks to increase the number of lives saved by bystanders and professional first responders (police officers, firefighters and EMTs). Find out how you can contribute to reducing overdose deaths by accessing our online training module.

The Opioid Epidemic
Governor Tom Wolf and his administration are working to provide real solutions to save lives and help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives. This topic collection will connect you with opioid addiction services.

Overdose Free PA
A partnership of Pennsylvania communities united to fight the opioid overdose crisis. “Opioid overdose is a public health and safety crisis – BE INFORMED”.

Reading Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous (RASCNA)
Reading Area of Narcotics Anonymous humbly serving Berks County and the Fellowship as a whole. Here you will find information on Reading NA Meeting Schedules, including Berks County Locations, recovery from active addiction, and much more.

Understanding the Opioid Overdose Epidemic Responding to the crisis: prescription opioids are powerful drugs commonly used to reduce pain after surgery or injury. They are also used for pain from health conditions like cancer. However, opioids can produce harmful side effects, including drowsiness, mental fog, nausea, constipation, and respiratory depression (slowed breathing) that can lead to overdose deaths. Continued use can lead to addiction, making it hard to stop using opioids even after the cause of pain is gone.