Two Youth Share Their CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute Experience

The CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute was a very productive and fun week. We didn’t know what to expect, but the training sessions ended up being super fun and hands-on. In our first training session, they had us get into groups by age and share a little about ourselves so we could get to know each other. We also did a lot of team-building and sharing that helped us open up to one another and prepare for the week ahead.

CADCA Welcomes International Participants to the 2017 Mid-Year in Atlanta, Georgia

Since 2009, CADCA has been welcoming people from various countries from all over the world at the Mid-Year Training Institute.  This year, CADCA is expecting to receive more than 60 individuals from 19 different countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.  The international attendees who make the journey to CADCA’s Mid-Year typically consist of CADCA’s NGO partners, representatives of community coalition networks, coalition leaders, local, regional and national government officials, as well as U.S. Embassy representatives.    

Youth Leadership Training Inspires Community Change

The Youth Leadership training that I attended showed me the severity of the problems our communities face, like the opioid epidemic that affects people across the country. However, those meetings didn’t just point out problems - they taught me valuable ways to help fix them. Each meeting I went to showed me the amount of people who are passionate about finding solutions, and how many valuable resources I have to make a change in my community. When we talk about these issues, however, it is so important to realize who they affect the most.

Atlanta Attractions

Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the state of Georgia, with an estimated population of 472,522. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,710,795 people and the 9th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County. While you’re not busy attending training sessions and networking with fellow community leaders, take the opportunity to explore all that Atlanta has to offer!

CADCA’s MAT Project Kicks Off in New Orleans

DePaul’s National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester Area (NCADD-RA) was thrilled to be selected to participate and to partner with CADCA and other communities across the country on the 2017 Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) project!  We have long recognized in our county, as well as our region, the lack of sufficient number of Buprenorphine-certified prescribers.

May 31st Marks Annual World No Tobacco Day

The world is always changing. It is vastly different from even 10 years ago when the first iPhone was released, let alone 30 years ago when the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the first ever World No Tobacco Day, or even over 50 years ago when the landmark Surgeon General’s report was published linking tobacco use to cancer. The tobacco landscape has rapidly changed over the past 50 years as well.

Left to Right- Mark Armaganian, Director of Liquor Enforcement for the state of New Hampshire, Avery Cyr student at Central High School, Kathryn Carlson from Goffstown High School, Jessica McGregor from Goffstown High school, and Scott Dunn, Deputy Chief of the Liquor Commission meeting for the first time after the show and talking about compliance checks.

The Opposite of Addiction is Human Connection: Youth-Adult Partnerships Spur Success at DEA 360 Strategy Summit

In my travels across the country and the world, I’ve worked with thousands of young people in youth and adult partnerships. It never gets old; in fact, it’s the very thing that moves me and drives me to continue – the challenge and inevitable reward.

Prevention Perspective from a Coalition Youth

I was drawn to the world of prevention at the age of twelve after I reflected upon the time my dad and I were sideswiped by a drunk driver. That same year, after I joined my local coalition, my worldview changed. I created a youth-led organization named PANDAA (People Against Nicotine Drug and Alcohol Addiction) to raise awareness regarding substance abuse among youth in communities. With the help of my coalition, I was able to use this organization as a tool to reach out to youth.

Can You Prevent an Overdose?

Words matter. In diplomatic circles, the words used to describe an international situation can shift alliances and reopen old wounds, and in legislation, the use of a single word can determine whether or not something is included as an allowable expense. A word can change anything from the meaning of a paragraph to an entire policy prescription, and can live on in an individual’s subconscious without them even realizing it. Ever wonder why we are always told to “stay on message?”

April is Alcohol Awareness Month - Get Educated!

The month of April is Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The purpose of the month-long observance is to emphasize the need for education of the dangers of unsafe alcohol consumption. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to increased risk on physical injury, violence, liver disease, cancer and more – a direct impact on individuals and local communities.

How much do you know about alcohol misuse? To raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol, it’s time to get educated and share the facts.