CADCA Publisher July 24, 2017


Nearly 2,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from around the world will convene in Atlanta, July 23 – 27 for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 16th annual Mid-Year Training Institute. The week-long training, held at the Marriott Marquis, will teach participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – drug use.

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 100 ninety-minute, half-day and full day training sessions geared towards helping participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance use and misuse problems. For the first time, four International training sessions will be offered and open to all attendees, including sessions offered in Spanish.

“Mid-Year is a unique professional development opportunity for anyone trying to prevent and reduce substance use and misuse, and its related problems, in their community,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA’s Chairman and CEO. “After four days of intensive training, participants will return to their communities with new skills and strategies, and a clearer roadmap to create environments where young people can thrive.”

CADCA’s Mid-Year will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug misuse and reduce heroin use to how to create tobacco-free environments, reduce impaired driving and develop policies to reduce marijuana use, synthetic drug use and underage drinking.

This year, CADCA welcomes Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Chuck Rosenberg and Kana Enomoto, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as keynote speakers. For the first time in CADCA history, a youth will be speaking at the Opening Plenary: Carlos Martinez, CADCA Youth Trainer.

In addition, participants will hear from a number of renowned experts in the field of drug use prevention, treatment and research such as:

  • Richard Baum, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy;
  • Fran Harding, Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention;
  • Sean Ferns, Chief, Community Outreach, Drug Enforcement Administration;
  • Lisa McElhaney, President of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators;
  • Maggie Barchine, Director of Communications at National Alcohol Beverage Control Association;
  • And many others, including CADCA’s top-notch staff trainers and researchers.

The Mid-Year also welcomes over 200 youth from around the country who will take part in CADCA’s youth-led, adult-guided civic engagement training, where they’ll learn how to become drug prevention advocates and powerful community leaders.

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