In late June, the Bucks County Crime Stoppers started the ‘Push The Pusher Out’ program. President John Galloway said the success is “overwhelming,” but in a fantastic way.
State Representative Galloway and Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub lead the nonprofit organization along with Treasurer Melanie Bidlingmaier, and Secretary Tyler Tomlinson. The group’s mission is to find illegal drug dealers with the community’s anonymous help.
“We’re just doing this as citizens, as people who care about Bucks County,” Galloway explained. “This is not a political group it is a people organization.”
Cambria County began their program in 2015, and the organization adopted similarities. The Bucks County group followed their red and white lawn signs that read “Push the Pusher Out” along with information about where to call.
The organization has since ordered a total of two thousand signs and received more than 70 tips.
Falls Township was the pilot area, but residents from Plumstead to Lower Southampton have already asked about the program. Galloway believes the community has been waiting for a way to get involved in the “war against heroin” for a long time.
“The idea in the near future is to branch out to the entire County and to do that we need raise money and more volunteers to advance the cause.”
‘Push The Pusher Out’ website with the Bucks County Crime Stoppers offers a wide array of ways to get involved.
District Attorney Matthew Weintraub came on WBCB’s show ‘Speak Your Piece’ hosted by Pat Wandling on June 26, shortly after the program kicked off. The two discussed where the problem often starts, in the doctor’s office.
“My understanding is that pain was to be treated as the fifth vital sign by doctors,” DA Weintraub explained. “That was the directive by doctors.”
Wandling, unfamiliar with treatment programs, asked Weintraub specifically about what parents can do if they suspect their child is using drugs.
Act 53 has been around for years and legally allows parents to have another option if their child refused care.
Weintraub commended Rep. Galloway for his efforts so far with the nonprofit and told Wandling the importance of community involvement.
“We offer rewards for people who send in tips,” Weintraub declared, “and my strike force is going to act on these tips.”