27 Jan Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition Headed to CADCA’s National Leadership Forum to Learn New Skills to Increase Substance Abuse Prevention Efforts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 31, 2017;
Media Contact: Abigail G. Moore,
San Antonio TX– Representatives from San Antonio Texas are headed to the Washington, D.C., area to join approximately 3,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s) 27th Annual National Leadership Forum.
“We are so excited to be able to spend time with similar coalitions across the country, learning and enhancing our prevention skills so San Antonio continues to be a city on the rise and is free from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” says Vickie B. Adams, Coalition Director.
CADCA’s Forum will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and the abuse of synthetic drugs and marijuana to how to create tobacco-free environments and develop policies to reduce underage drinking.
The coalition has recently worked with the city of San Antonio to adopt comprehensive Social Host Ordinance to reduce the size and frequency of underage drinking parties. The coalition has collaborated with DEA to assist with the Drug Take Back Events over the past six years. In the last year, the coalition has collaborated with federal and local partners in hosting Opioid Abuse Awareness Events and provided training on Overdose prevention measures.
The coalition representatives will hear from several federal leaders including Michael Botticelli, former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) who will both receive CADCA’s National Leadership Award at the event. Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition will also meet with U.S. representatives and senators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
“It is critical that our elected officials know that preventing substance misuse from starting dramatically reduces the burden of disease and related costs of substance disorders.” Says Adams
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 6-9. Visit the Forum website for details about training sessions, speakers, and special events at cadca.org/events/forum2017.
The mission of the Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition is creating change through collaboration with community stakeholders to educate and motivate individuals, families, organizations and institutions with the goal to prevent and reduce alcohol and substance abuse.
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