Policy & Advocacy
"CADCA is your voice in Washington in the halls of Congress, with federal partners and in the media. CADCA works diligently to keep substance abuse issues on the national radar. CADCA's public policy department is the Washington office for your community."
CADCA Sends Letter to Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General Regarding Guidance on Legalization in CO and WA
In response to the Department of Justice’s recent decision not to enforce federal law as it relates to marijuana legalization, CADCA wrote a letter to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. The letter makes clear that CADCA is extremely disappointed in the Department of Justice’s recent decision. It states that CADCA strongly believes that the Department’s decision not to enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in its totality will have dire social, economic, criminal justice and educational consequences, and will also endanger the welfare of youth in communities throughout the country. It specifically asks the Department to delineate the precise triggers that will result in federal enforcement actions to close operations down in any state that has legalized marijuana.
FY 2013 Appropriations: The Drug Free Communities Program
CADCA worked with the offices of Representatives Levin, Bass, Carnahan and Cummings to circulate a dear colleague and sign on letter in support of funding the DFC program at the highest possible level for FY 2012. A total of 56 Representatives signed on to the letter, which was delivered to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Appropriations. CADCA also worked with the offices of Senators Leahy and Grassley to circulate a similar letter in the Senate. A total of 27 Senators signed on to the letter, which was delivered to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Financial Services Subcommittee on Appropriations.
CADCA Submits Written Statement for the Record for Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Hearing on Prescription Drug Epidemic
General Arthur Dean, Chairman and CEO of CADCA, was asked by Senator Whitehouse of Rhode Island to provide a written statement for the record regarding prescription drug abuse for an upcoming hearing entitled "Responding to the Prescription Drug Epidemic: Strategies for Reducing Abuse, Misuse, Diversion, and Fraud" that will be held by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. In his statement, General Dean noted that the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs is a multi-dimensional problem that demands comprehensive, coordinated solutions.
CADCA Submits Comments to Inform Possible Surgeon General Action on Prescription Drug Abuse
CADCA recently submitted comments in response to the Surgeon General’s Request for “Input To Inform a Possible Surgeon General Action on Prescription Drug Abuse in Youth.” CADCA’s comments note that effective substance use prevention uses local data to assess specific substance use and abuse-related issues and problems and develop comprehensive, data driven, multi-sector strategies that mobilize each of the key sectors and actors who have a role in reducing access availability, and that community anti-drug coalitions and Drug Free Communities grantees should be an essential component of any prescription drug abuse diversion strategy.