NIAAA November CADCA Blog Post - Myths and Facts about Alcohol

The winter holidays are a time for celebrations and spending time with family and friends. For many people alcohol will be part of the festivities and some people may drink more than they would at other times of the year. 

Alcohol misuse has many consequences. It affects both physical and mental abilities while also decreasing inhibitions, which can lead to poor decisions and dangers behind the wheel. Alcohol misuse is linked to accidents, crime, violence, and health problems.

DEA Red Ribbon Month

As the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) celebrates Red Ribbon Month, coalitions across the country are partnering with DEA to support events like Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. However, several community coalitions have been fortunate to partner with DEA not just in the month of October, but year-round as they work to provide community outreach across the nation. One of these community coalitions is Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA), a CADCA coalition that has partnered with the DEA Tampa District Office to support the DEA 360 Strategy. HCADA Associate Director Gary White and DEA Tampa’s 360 Strategy Program Outreach Coordinator Rod Cunningham spoke with CADCA about what this partnership has meant to them and their community.

Wishing to Help Her Community, Mrs. Lidia Carrasco Travels Abroad for the First Time to Attend CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute

Motivated by the desire to help her community in the Amazon rainforest of Eastern Peru, Lidia Carrasco traveled abroad for the first time in her life to attend CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute. Sacrificing for five years to save enough in order to attend, Lidia left her home in Las Palmeras, Ucayali, Peru on July 13, 2019 bound for Grapevine, Texas.

Forum 2020 From the Perspective of Angelique Wilkins, VP of Communications & Meetings


As CADCA’s Vice President of Communications & Meetings, I have a unique perspective on our events, including the National Leadership Forum. As we prepare for the 30th annual Forum, February 3-6 2020, I thought I would share some perspective on this special event, and the ways I have seen it change over the years.

Coalition Success Story: Montevideo, Uruguay

On November 9th the Community Coalition of La Unión in Montevideo, Uruguay unveiled renovations to the historic Plaza de la Restauración. The area, which dates back to 1849, had been identified by the coalition through the community assessment process as a hot spot for illicit drug sales. The substance use landscape is complex in Uruguay, a country of 3.4 million people that legalized recreational marijuana last year.

CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, General Arthur Dean, at the 3nd ISSUP conference in Cancun, Mexico (2017).

CADCA’s Coalition Experience Showcased at 4th ISSUP International Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

Next month, the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) will conduct its 4th International Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The event, previously held in Mexico (2018) and in Brazil (2017), is one of the most important of its kind in the prevention field and considered a reference among professionals in search of networking opportunities and intensive training.

International Programs Takes Off at the 17th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute

The 17th annual Mid-Year Training Institute (MYTI) hosted its largest attendance yet earlier this summer, with 2,100 attendees traveling to Orlando, Florida, and a robust program featuring 99+ training sessions. Additionally, this year saw an increase in international attendees, as 75 individuals from all over the world flew to Orlando to represent 20 countries.

Coalitions Leaders Globally are Gearing up to Attend CADCA’s 2018 Mid-Year Training Institute in Orlando, Florida

The upcoming CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute is set to be the biggest yet with over 2,000 registered participants on their way to the city of Orlando, Florida during the week of July 15th – 19th. Of those attending, 75 individuals are arriving from 21 different countries spanning Latin America, Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

Orlando: The City Beautiful

Next week, 2,000 prevention professionals will head to Orlando, Florida for the 17th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute, filled with training sessions, networking opportunities and dynamic speakers! While the days are jam-packed with learning and training, take advantage of free time to explore our host city of Orlando! Local coalition leaders Heather Wilkie and Erika Cooper from the Zebra Coalition penned a few suggestions about attractions for attendees while they visit the city.

Road Map to Prevention

As an emergency physician, it is my job to keep people alive. If someone dies during my shift, it's considered a failure. I never get used to it. Looking though medical examiner’s reports, it was page after page and prescription after prescription of failures, and those are the death diaries.  By studying why people died from an accidental prescription overdose we can learn about the red flags and create prevention strategies. San Diego death diary research looked at every such death and traced every prescription, pill, physician, and pharmacy. The data is a road map for prevention.