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Addiction Education for the Spanish Speaking Community

Story written by Jennifer Kirlin, Council on Chemical Abuse

Apr 15, 2019
Council on Chemical Abuse

Sábado, 27 de abril de 2019
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Centro Hispano
501 Washington St, Reading, PA 19601

Este evento es GRATIS y abierto al público. Profesionales, miembros de la comunidad y líderes religiosos se unirán para hablar sobre un tema muy importante en un programa completamente en español. Se proporcionarán materiales bilingües, pero todas las presentaciones y discusiones serán en español. Se proveerá el almuerzo.

REGISTRO: Recibe a Narcan en Esperanza para Berks

TENGA EN CUENTA: Este formulario es para aquellos que estén interesados en recibir un kit de Narcan GRATUITO en el evento de Esperanza para Berks el 27 de abril de 2019. Una vez que se reciba su registro, COCA revisará su información y recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación.


The Council on Chemical Abuse will provide a partial day event including resources and education – all in Spanish. The event, called Esperanza para Berks, was the first of its kind for Berks in 2016, and its back for round three.

This year’s event will focus on educating parents and guardians. The event will be held at the Centro Hispano, located on Washington Street in downtown Reading, on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will hear from local professionals about how to talk with children about drugs and alcohol, problem gaming & gambling. Also available this year is the opportunity for individuals to go home with Narcan, the life-saving opioid overdose medication. The event will end about 2 p.m. with door prizes. The public is welcome to attend this event for free, and parking will be available at the Abraham Lincoln. Lunch will also be provided.

“Esperanza para Berks is a unique program, and it’s changing the atmosphere of our community as we discuss the needs of the Latino population in Berks. We are excited to once again provide the necessary information about addiction to drugs and alcohol to the Spanish-speaking community,” said Jobany Bedoya, Small Business and Latino Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance. Bedoya is the event committee chair, as well as, Board President of the Council on Chemical Abuse.

Further information about Esperanza para Berks can be found here:

About the Council on Chemical Abuse
Established in 1972 by a group of community members, the Council on Chemical Abuse was formed as a private non-profit organization to address rising concerns of drug and alcohol use in Berks County. The Berks County Commissioners contract with the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) as the Single County Authority for Berks County, PA. As the coordinating agency for publicly supported drug and alcohol programming in the county, COCA and its partners provide an array of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services. To learn more please visit

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