14th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute
More than 1,350 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from across the country convened in Indianapolis for CADCA’s 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute. The week-long training, held at the JW Marriott, taught participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – youth drug use.
CADCA will send first-time attendee Lee Jack Alirez home, revved up and ready to implement new ideas as an “Agent of Change” in Truth or Consequences, NM. A new police chief there, but a veteran law enforcement officer, Alirez said, “What an amazing group of national and international professionals committed to improving quality of life and health for others. I’m honored to be considered among them.”
Mid-week, participants got to hear from and interact with Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He released Drug-Free Communities evaluation data that showed coalitions are effective. Read a blog penned by Botticelli and CADCA’s Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur Dean about this “Combating Youth Prescription Drug Use through Coalitions.”