As of July
2012, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), formerly under the
Department of Health, became a department. This change
reflects a strong commitment by the Commonwealth to provide education,
intervention and treatment programs to reduce the drug and alcohol abuse and
dependency for all Pennsylvanians.
The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
mission is to engage, coordinate and lead the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s
effort to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and abuse; and
to promote recovery, thereby reducing the human and economic impact of the
INITIATIVES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
is in the midst of the worst-ever overdose death epidemic and the worst public
health crisis of the last 100 years. In 2015, nearly 3,400 people died of drug
overdose. The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has
undertaken many initiatives to address the epidemic as well as prevent and
treat substance use. The Department has outlined those initiatives as well as
accomplishments it has made in its Initiatives and Accomplishments publication (PDF).
DDAP Data System
has begun the process of deploying a new data system that will meet the requirements of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) while also providing for enhanced data collection
that allows for more detailed analysis.