Local Residents Bound For Washington, DC, Forum To Learn New Skills To Reduce Youth Drug Use

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 26th Annual National Leadership Forum, held Feb. 1-4 at the Gaylord National Hotel.

The coalition also will meet with U.S Representative John Katko, 24th Congressional District of New York, during Capitol Hill Day, February 3.

This year’s theme is “Coalitions – Monumental Impact!”

Attending this year from the Coalition to Combat Adolescent Substance Abuse in Oswego County will be Robin Burdick, coalition coordinator; and Teresa Woolson, steering committee member.

The coalition office is located at Farnham Family Services, Prevention Suite, 283 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

“I’m very excited to attend CADCA Leadership Training for a second year in a row. The workshops and training sessions are filled with valuable information to bring back and implement in Oswego County.  The coalition is an active group helping to make Oswego County a Drug Free Community. As president of the VOW Foundation and leader of the new Substance Abuse and Recovery Task Force Team, I believe together we can make positive changes in the health of Oswego County,” Woolson said.

“While every community is unique in what their own specific needs are in terms of youth and substances, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear about what other coalitions throughout the United States are doing. Spending a week with more than 2,500 like-minded, committed, caring specialist and advocates, innovative ideas are bound to happen. Learning and honing our prevention skills can only help Oswego in becoming an ever better place to reside. A place without so many tales of substance abuse and the devastating consequences for all involved,” Burdick said.

Penny Morley, co-chair of the coalition said, “The coalition had its first town hall meeting in May 2014 to present the Youth Development Survey Data of the County of Oswego. We continue 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 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.

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/