2600 members of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) attended the 23rd National Leadership Forum on February 4-7, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. Members from the DC area to as far away as Moscow, Russia attended the forum held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center. Forum sessions were also held at Capital Hill during the four-day conference. The theme of the conference was: “Coalitions: Science, Strategies and Solutions.”
The CADCA Annual Forum is the premier and largest training conference for prevention leaders, treatment professional and researchers. Federal partners that attended the conference included the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The Forum included over 90 workshops for forum-goers to attend. The workshops aimed to help CADCA’s network of 5,000 coalitions and how they can develop comprehensive evidence-based strategies in preventing illicit drug use, underage drinking, tobacco-use among adolescents, and over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse. CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, General Arthur Dean said, “By preventing drug use, abuse and addiction, we are saving lives. The fact that we help young people live up to their potential and make communities safer and healthier is powerful.”
The conference also featured a book signing by one of the keynote speakers, Dorie Clark, who spoke about branding. 11 congressman and women had featured remarks during the conference, including National Leadership Award honoree, former Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack. “I am very honored to receive this award from CADCA. Their good work does a lot to raise the awareness of the epidemic of drug use and ultimately to save lives of countless people around our country. I look forward to our continued work together,” Mack said.
CADCA also featured tobacco-free living strategy workshops, an Ideas Fair, and special offers in the Exhibit Hall.
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