Drug related deaths in Mercer County increased 120% between 2016 and 2018. As with all illnesses, the toll on family and friends is as real as the addiction.
The Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness (MCCDA) focuses to reduce and prevent drug and alcohol abuse in Mercer County through awareness, education, and action, and to collaborate with the community to remove obstacles to recovery and increase resources to individuals in all phases of recovery, as well as to their loved ones.
We want to provide environments where those in recovery can engage in healthy social alternatives to drug use.
MCCDA first began with a meeting between Ray and Gloria Mackaly, Brian Davis, and Sharpsville Police Chief Chris Hosa to discuss what could be done to raise awareness about the Opioid/Opiate addiction epidemic in Mercer County. Gloria and Brian have close family members who have struggled with addiction. Within months of beginning their goals, they began to put on events like town hall meetings and speaker forums. A complete list of our current board can be seen here.
All members of the MCCDA have experienced the issues of addiction in one form or another. Some have family members who are in active addiction or working on recovery, others are in recovery themselves, and some members offer professional expertise. All members offer unique insight when it comes to the subject of recovery.
MCCDA gets involved. We represent at public forums, health fair events, and other community impact gatherings.
Removing Obstacles to Assist Recovery (ROAR Center) started in June of 2018 and is the first recovery environment center of it’s kind in Mercer County.
MCCDA has been under the umbrella of Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OH since 2016. In June, 2018 MCCDA applied for a 501( c) 3 and is currently waiting for approval.
In August 2017 MCCDA hosted an event held at Buhl Park, called Project ROAR. This was a picnic like event with food and activities for families and all members of the community. There was entertainment and vendors from many area providers who spoke one on one with family members about their services. This event also showed how the Opiate/Opioid issue has affected our county and our country. Speakers describing their own struggles, both as an addict and as family members of addicts, took the stage and engaged the audience.
MCCDA has utilized the services of Michael DeLeone, Steered Straight program, to speak at local schools as well as the Mercer County Jail. His fees were paid for by money raise by MCCDA .
In July 2018 MCCDA hosted a brunch for all area first responders to show appreciation for their hard work.