Being a Master Trainer with CADCA is an incredible opportunity. While I have worked in this field for more than twenty years, working with CADCA is the highlight of my career. Over the past seven years, I have had the opportunity to travel to every corner of this country and see the amazing work being done by people who love their communities and are committed to the development of strong, healthy youth. I have also had the opportunity to work internationally and experience the fact that CADCA is leading a global movement to reduce and prevent the impact of substance use and misuse.
This summer, CADCA will host the 20th Annual Mid-Year Training Institute. As CADCA’s Vice President of Communications and Meetings, I have a unique perspective on our organization’s events, including our efforts to continue to host signature training events in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
This guest blog post was written by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Learn more about the impact of alcohol use during COVID-19 at NIAAA’s website.
This guest blog post was written by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) CEO Kevin Sabet, Ph.D. Learn more about SAM.
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.