Chris Kempker from the Henry County Substance Abuse Coalition HEADED TO CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM TO LEARN NEW SKILLS TO REDUCE YOUTH DRUG USE

Written by Theresa Rose on February 3, 2015

Mt. Pleasant, IA – A representative from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa is 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,” says Chris Kempker, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator. “We hope to come back reenergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug use in Henry County.” 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 has recently impacted the community by participating in National Drug Facts Week. Coalition members worked extensively with local media and schools to educate Henry County community members about the dangers of marijuana. Sharing the straight facts about marijuana will give community members the opportunity to make smart choices, so they can be their best self – without drugs.The coalition also will meet with their U.S. representatives and senators during Capitol Hill Day, which takes place on Wed., Feb. 4 during the CADCA Forum.
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 Henry County Substance Abuse Coalition (HCSAC) is to reduce substance abuse among youth and adults in Henry County. HCSAC strives to do this by promoting collaboration, education, and activities designed to meet the identified needs of the community.