CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America), the nation’s leading substance abuse prevention organization, will recognize former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) with the National Leadership Award for their significant contributions made to the field of substance abuse prevention and their long-standing support of community-based drug prevention. The awards will be presented during CADCA’s 27th Annual National Leadership Forum, Feb. 6-9, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
“It is an honor to recognize these two leaders who have made such a significant impact on the prevention field. In response to the opioid epidemic, Mr. Botticelli took action within the federal government to reduce prescription drug abuse, heroin use and related overdoses through community-based prevention efforts, such as educating prescribers and the public about preventing prescription overdose and expanding the use of the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman & CEO. “In Congress, Senator Whitehouse prioritized the issue of substance abuse and played a major role in the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in 2016. This is a testament to his leadership, dedication and commitment to working across the aisle to prevent substance abuse in our communities.”
CADCA’s National Leadership Award recognizes leaders who have been longtime supporters of the community coalition movement and who use their voice and influence to educate the community about the importance of substance abuse prevention.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to address substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers. The Forum brings together approximately 3,000 attendees representing coalitions from all regions of the country and internationally, government leaders, youth, prevention specialists, addiction treatment professionals, addiction recovery advocates, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, and faith-based leaders. It is the largest training event for the prevention field.