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Event Provides Community Leaders Effective Drug Prevention Strategies and the Latest Research in the Field

WHAT:           Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is holding its 26th Annual National Leadership Forum to convene thousands of community substance abuse prevention leaders and global experts to discuss solutions to the most pressing public health issues threatening communities. The event kicks off with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Prevention Day.

Washington, D.C. –The results from the 2015 Monitoring the Future study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and conducted by a research team at the University of Michigan, on substance use and related attitudes by American teenagers show that prevention works.

More than 400 business leaders from the Washington, D.C. area and across the country will participate in Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 17th annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Drug-Free Kids Campaign recognizes leaders who support CADCA’s effective substance abuse prevention model.

WHAT:  Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) celebrates its 17th annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner. The event will bring together business, Federal, congressional and community leaders from across the country who support CADCA’s effective prevention mission. Mark Trudeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his support of CADCA and the company’s commitment to a comprehensive response to our nation’s opioid crisis.

Did you know that one in 25 youth ages 12 through 17 has abused cough medicine to get high from its dextromethorphan ingredient, and one in 5 young adults has abused a prescription drug? Did you know that prescription painkiller overdoses have more than tripled in the past two decades, killing more than 15,500 people in the United States in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CADCA and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals launched a pilot project in Florida's Hillsborough, Collier, and Seminole counties on September 26 to ensure the safe and effective disposal of prescription medications. This pilot project is the next step in the overall strategy to prevent prescription drug misuse in Florida.

The kick-off event took place at CVS Pharmacy locations where participants were given a home disposal pouch to render their prescription drugs ineffective for misuse.

More than 1,500 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from across the country are convening in Indianapolis this week for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)’s 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute. The week-long training, held at the JW Marriott, teaches participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – youth drug use. 

At the conference, attendees will get to hear from Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. 

WHO: Fifty dedicated anti-drug coalition leaders, from around the country, will enrich their time in Indianapolis by participating in the first annual MYTI community service program. The group will take a few hours to give the Pathway to Recovery facility a little TLC. Pathway to Recovery provides housing and support services to the homeless as they overcome the rigors of addiction and mental illness.

WHO: More than 1,500 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from across the country and world. The Mid-Year also welcomes nearly 200 youth from around the country who will take part in CADCA’s youth-led, adult-guided civic engagement training, the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI), where they’ll learn how to become drug prevention advocates and powerful community leaders.