By Raiko Mendoza, Vice President, Business Development and Membership, CADCA | December 23, 2020
At CADCA, we strive to ensure that our substance use and misuse prevention coalitions, and the communities they serve, have the tools, resources and support they need to build and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities. We aim to be collaborative, comprehensive and, most importantly, adaptable. Our partnership with Pacira BioSciences, Inc. and Choices Matter on the GATEWAY documentary project is a perfect embodiment of this.
At CADCA’s 30th Annual National Leadership Forum in February 2020, the Drug Free Cecil Youth Coalition (DFCYC) received the Dose of Prevention Award for their work preventing over-the-counter medicine misuse. We asked Coalition Coordinator and Prevention Services Supervisor Virgil Boysaw, Jr. to write the following post, updating us on the coalition’s continued work to prevent medicine misuse during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Alcohol overdose is caused by drinking too much alcohol too quickly. This can overwhelm the body’s ability to process the alcohol and may cause areas of the brain that control basic life-support functions—such as breathing, heart rate and temperature control—to shut down. Alcohol overdose can lead to permanent brain damage and even death.
I’m Lauren Blackwell, CADCA’s new Membership Sales Associate. I’m so excited to be part of CADCA, and to get to know each of you!
Leidos Teams Up with CADCA-Led Coalition to Prevent Substance Misuse During National Prevention Week
On Monday, May 11th, Leidos, a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Dynetics, teamed-up with CADCA, the Alabama Department of Mental Health and WellStone Behavioral Health to help prevent substance misuse during Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Prevention Week.
Last month, Dr. John Harrison, CADCA’s Special Assistant to the CEO, took a trip to Los Angeles, California. While there, he had the opportunity to meet with the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc., (AADAP) coalition. He shares his insights into the work this group is doing within their community:
This month, Kahlee Yeldell, CADCA’s Meetings and Exhibits Manager, had the opportunity to attend the first week of CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA) in Charlotte, NC. She recounts her experience and what she learned from working closely with coalition members from across the country.