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The Council On Chemical Abuse (COCA) is the single County Authority (SCA) for Berks County and in that capacity, is responsible for the planning, implementing, and evaluating Berks County's drug and alcohol services supported by public funding.
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Kathy Noll is the Program Analyst at the Council on Chemical Abuse. That means she works on various projects within the agency to ensure quality program deliverables. The Naloxone Project started in 2015. A grant was approved for the training and dispensing of Naloxone to the general public. The grant has ended, but COCA feels this project is a critical need to the community and has continued the project. Naloxone reverses the effect of the opioids and prevents an overdose. Individuals receive training on how to administer Naloxone in emergency situations until medical personnel can intervene. The Council on Chemical Abuse works with area EMT departments to facilitate trainings on the effective use of Naloxone as well as dispense Naloxone kits to those who attend. Kathy states Naloxone is easy to get and to administer. It is a lifesaver!