Dr. Bertha K. Madras Receives CADCA’s National Leadership Award

CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America), the nation’s leading substance abuse prevention organization, will recognize Dr. Bertha K. Madras of Harvard Medical School with the National Leadership Award for her significant contributions made to the field of substance abuse prevention and her long-standing support to community-based drug prevention. The awards will be presented during CADCA’s 28th Annual National Leadership Forum, Feb. 5-8, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

“It is an honor to recognize Dr. Madras who has made such a significant impact on the prevention field. In response to the opioid epidemic, Dr. Madras took action by working with the President’s Commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman & CEO. “CADCA truly appreciates her service to this nation, and her tireless efforts researching and investigating the effects of drugs on the developing adolescent brain.”

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. Madras will accept her award at the National Leadership Awards Luncheon on Feb. 8.

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.

About CADCA

The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.