REDUCING DRUG USE,
ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Overview
Since 1992, CADCA has demonstrated that when all sectors of a community come together, social change happens. CADCA represents over 5,000 community coalitions that involve individuals from key sectors including schools, law enforcement, youth, parents, healthcare, media, tribal communities and others. We have members in every U.S. state and territory and more than 30 countries around the world. The CADCA coalition model emphasizes the power of community coalitions to prevent substance misuse through collaborative community efforts. We believe that prevention of substance use and misuse before it starts is the most effective and cost-efficient way to reduce substance use and its associated costs.
In addition to supporting our member coalitions by providing resources and materials designed to help our coalitions be effective and sustainable, CADCA also offers customized trainings for coalitions across the world. Through our International Programs, Youth Leadership and Training teams, we are able to reach and empower thousands of change advocates per year. CADCA also offer signature events each year, including the National Leadership Forum, Mid-Year Training Institute and Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner, which help our members network, share ideas and learn from some of the most influential substance misuse professionals in the world. Through these efforts, we stand by our slogan of “Everyday CADCA Trains.” We believe our ongoing training efforts help address the current substance misuse epidemic, and those outcomes will change the world.
The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.