Heroin Task Force

County community celebrates prevention and recovery  


Community Day

Today Delaware County Council joined the Partners for Success Coalition to honor the 2017 Prevention Partnership Award recipients. The award recognizes members in the community who have worked to help diminish drug and alcohol abuse and misuse. These individuals were selected for their outstanding and dedicated work in prevention, education and awareness in support of the Heroin Task Force. 

From left: Judge John J. Perfetti, State Rep. Chris Quinn, Brian Corson of MVP Recovery, DA Jack Whelan, Marie Datillo, Councilman Dave White, Dr. Aviva Fohrer of the Thalia Medical Center, David McKeighan and Councilman John McBlain.         

County recognizes prevention partners in recovery community     

Despite the rainy weather, hundreds of individuals in recovery, their families and support networks joined Delaware County Council, members of the Delaware County Heroin Task Force, District Attorney Jack Whelan and the Partners for Success Coalition for the 3rd Annual Community Day on Saturday, April 22, in Rose Tree Park, Nether Providence Township.  

Each year the event is held to raise awareness about drug abuse and addiction in a family friendly setting with activities that celebrate prevention and share stories of hope and recovery.  In addition to free food and live music, various participating drug prevention and rehabilitation organizations provided resources and services for parents and youth.

“Community Day is about coming together as a collective community, sharing personal recovery stories and recognizing that overcoming addiction is happening, and that recovery is possible,” said Councilman Dave White, co-chair of the Delaware County Heroin Task Force. “We know that our nation and our county is battling a prescription drug and heroin epidemic. But we also know that people are overcoming addiction with assistance from county resources, the Certified Recovery Specialist program and with help from organizations like MPV Recovery and Race to Recovery,” he said. 

During the event, residents disposed more than 60 pounds of expired and unwanted medication in the mobile drug drop box that was on site. Through the county-wide drug drop box program, more than 10,000 pounds of drugs have been collected since October 2013. Nearly every police station has a drug drop box as well as the Government Center in Media, where residents can dispose old medications.   

Also at the event, recipients of the 2017 Prevention Partner Awards were honored, including David McKeighan pf the Delaware County Medical Society, Brian Corson, Executive Director of MVP Recovery and the Peggie & Paul Shevlin Family Foundation, and Marie Datillo, a dedicated volunteer with the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) Task Force and Dr. Aviva Fohrer of the Thalia Medical Center for providing outstanding treatment services to those suffering from addiction. These individuals were selected by the Delaware County Heroin Task Force, Delaware County Council, District Attorney Jack Whelan and the Partners for Success Coalition for their outstanding and dedicated work in prevention and education, and their work to diminish drug and alcohol abuse and misuse.

The Delaware County Heroin Task Force was organized in September 2012 to raise awareness about the epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse impacting the nation and the county. The task force has been able to effectively implement strategies through key partnerships, including elected officials, influential leaders, community partners, and businesses. Interest in the Heroin Task Force grew so rapidly that the Task Force formed the Partners for Success Coalition to work along with the Heroin Task Force and local communities to fight addiction. For more information about the Task Force, visit www.co.delaware.pa.us/heroin