Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce released the following announcement on Feb. 5.
Representatives from Elgin are headed to the Washington, D.C., area to join approximately 3,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA’s) 28thAnnual National Leadership Forum.
“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,” says Coalition For A Safe and Healthy Elgin (CSHE) Coordinator Gil Feliciano. “We plan to come back reenergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug use in Elgin and throughout the community.”
CADCA’s Forum will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and the abuse of synthetic drugs and marijuana to how to create tobacco-free environments and develop policies to reduce underage drinking.
The coalition has recently impacted the community by offering Opioids 101: Opioid Prevention and Overdose Education and Naloxone training, in addition to Red Ribbon Week education and outreach at local middle and high schools.
The coalition representatives will hear from several leaders including Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Richard Baum and Dr. Bertha Madras, Harvard Medical School, who will both bring their expertise and insights to share. Representatives from theCoalition for a Safe and Healthy Elgin will also meet with U.S. representatives and senators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
The coalition meets every third Friday at Renz Addiction Counseling Center’s 2 American Way location in Elgin. The next meeting is scheduled for February 16, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is open to all community residents and businesses.
CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center Feb. 5-8. Visit the Forum website for details about training sessions, speakers, and special events at cadca.org/events/forum2018.
The mission of Coalition for a Safe and Health Elgin (CSHE) is to promote a safe and healthy community, free of violence and substance abuse through education, prevention and action. CSHE is funded in part by a Drug-Free Communities federal grant.
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.
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