Missouri Substance Abuse Prevention Leaders Unite to Develop Effective Strategies to Address St. Louis’ Opioid Epidemic
Summit is Cornerstone of DEA’s 360 Strategy
WHAT: More than 100 substance abuse prevention leaders from across Missouri will gather at CADCA Summit: A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing the Pills to Heroin Epidemic. The summit, hosted by CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) and in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will provide substance abuse prevention specialists with an overview of the national and local prescription drug and heroin abuse problem and explore the associated public health issues of overdose. The focus of the hands-on summit is for attendees to develop effective strategies to address the epidemic in their communities utilizing tactics aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards and regulations, and institutions and policies.
WHEN: May 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
4588 Parkview Pl., Room ARB 212
St. Louis, Mo. 63110
EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS:
- Gen. Arthur T. Dean, Chairman & CEO, CADCA
- James P. Shroba, Special Agent in Charge, St. Louis Division, DEA
- Juan Wilson, Task Force Officer, St. Louis Division, DEA
- Chuck Daugherty, Executive Director, ACT Missouri
- Howard Weissman, Executive Director, NCADA
- Local substance abuse prevention coalition leaders
About DEA 360 Strategy
The DEA 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating prescription opioid and heroin abuse through: (1) coordinated law enforcement actions against drug cartels and heroin traffickers in specific communities; (2) Diversion Control enforcement actions against DEA registrants operating outside the law and long-term engagement with pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies, and practitioners; and (3) community outreach through local partnerships that empower communities to take back affected neighborhoods after enforcement actions and prevent the same problems from cropping up again.
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.