OSWEGO, NY– Representatives from Oswego County are headed to the Washington, D.C. area to join more than 2,500 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 25th Annual National Leadership Forum, held Feb. 2-5, 2015 at the Gaylord National Hotel.
“We are so excited to be able to spend several days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills so our community can be a better place, one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” said Penny Morley, co-chair.
“We hope to come back reenergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug use in Oswego County.” said Teresa Woolson, steering committee member, VOW Foundation president.
CADCA’s forum will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and heroin use to how to create tobacco-free environments and develop policies to reduce underage and excessive drinking.
The coalition had its first town hall meeting in May of 2014 to present the Youth Development Survey Data of the County of Oswego.
It continues to build collaboration around the issues of substance abuse and ways to reduce youth rates of substance abuse.
The coalition is comprised of parents, youth, teachers, law enforcement, religious leaders, health care providers, superintendents, colleges, community activists and others who are mobilizing at the local level to make our communities safer, healthier and drug-free.
The coalition also will meet with Congressman John Katko during Capitol Hill Day, February 4.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the premier and largest training event for community-based substance abuse prevention professionals, coalition leaders and prevention and addiction researchers.
The forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators and concerned policymakers.
For details about the more than 70 training sessions and speakers, visit: http://forum.cadca.org/
“The mission of the Coalition to Combat Adolescent Substance Abuse in Oswego County is to increase developmental protective factors and decrease risk factors as we address adolescence substance abuse in Oswego County,” Morley said.