News Statements

  • New ONDCP Director, Dr. Rahul Gupta, Confirmed by Senate - 10/29/2021

    Yesterday, October 28, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Rahul Gupta as the new Director of National Drug Control Policy on a bipartisan basis. Gupta is the first medical doctor to ever lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). On behalf of CADCA, our Board of Directors, Coalition Advisory Committee, staff and network of over 5,000 community-based substance use and misuse prevention coalitions, I would like to congratulate Dr. Gupta on this well-deserved and essential appointment.

    Director Gupta most... more

  • Gen. Dean's Remarks at CARA Bi-Partisan Task Force Meeting May 12, 2016 - 05/12/2016

    Thank you to leaders of the Bi-Partisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic for inviting me here today to talk about the critical role of prevention in addressing our nation’s opiate crisis.  

    CADCA’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.

    We train over 12,000 adult and youth leaders each year on a comprehensive, evidence-based coalition model for community change. 

    The coalitions CADCA represents have reduced population-level substance abuse rates... more

  • CADCA Commends Critical Substance Abuse Legislation by the House Energy and Commerce Health Sub-committee - 04/21/2016

    Yesterday, the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee unanimously approved 12 bi-partisan legislative initiatives aimed at tackling opioid and drug abuse issues affecting communities across the country.

    H.R. 3250, The DXM Abuse Prevention Act, authored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) is one such piece of legislation. Long supported by CADCA, the bill would restrict the sale of products containing dextromethorphan (DXM) to adults over age 18 nationwide and place restrictions on distribution of bulk DXM.

    Like other prescription and over... more

  • CADCA Supports Bi-partisan Hearing Exploring the Department of Justice’s Actions to Protect the Public from the Impact of State Recreational Marijuana Legalization - 04/06/2016

    Washington, D.C. – On behalf of CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 5,000 community coalitions across the country, we commend Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for holding the Drug Caucus hearing yesterday on “Is the Department of Justice Adequately Protecting the Public from the Impact of State Recreational Marijuana Legalization?”

    Sen. Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Caucus on International Narcotics Control, and Sen. Feinstein, Co-chairman of the Caucus on International Narcotics Control,... more

  • CADCA Celebrates Senate Passage of Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act - 03/10/2016

    Today, after a week of deliberation and consideration of amendments, the U.S. Senate passed S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), by a vote of 94-1. This is an important victory for the prevention field!

    This bipartisan legislation provides numerous provisions aimed at tackling the nation's prescription drug abuse and heroin overdose epidemic, including a $5 million enhancement grant program for current and former Drug-Free Communities grantees to address prescription drug, heroin, and meth crises locally.

    CADCA, which endorsed the legislation and... more

  • Remembering Tad Foote - 02/16/2016

    The Board of Directors, staff and membership of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) join in remembrance and celebration today for the life of Edward Thaddeus ‘Tad’ Foote II, the fourth President of the University of Miami and a founding member of the CADCA Board of Directors.  

    Tad Foote was a member of the nation’s first President’s Drug Advisory Council.  As a founding CADCA Board Member, he served CADCA with distinction from October 1992 to February 2011.   

    From his base at the University of Miami, Tad Foote tackled Miami’s drug and crime problems head-on.... more

  • CADCA Applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee Successfully Advancing CARA - 02/11/2016

    The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee’s bi-partisan, unanimous vote today to send the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) bill to the Senate floor.

    The Committee held a markup on the bill today, and voted for the bill unanimously.

    The bill authorizes the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.

    According to the Centers for Disease... more

  • CADCA Applauds Walgreens for its Rx Take-Back Initiative - 02/09/2016

    The Drugstore Chain Plans to Collect Unused Drugs and Provide OTC Naloxone

    CADCA commends Walgreens for its commitment to install secure collection bins for unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription drugs in their stores.

    “On behalf of our organization and our 5,000 coalitions nationwide, CADCA applauds Walgreens, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, for the launch of a comprehensive new effort to combat drug use and prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse, which have, reached epidemic numbers in this country,” said CADCA Chairman and CEO General Arthur T.... more

  • CADCA Supports President’s $1 Billion Proposal to Address Heroin Epidemic; CADCA Will Continue Efforts to Bolster Primary Prevention Funding - 02/03/2016

    President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget will propose spending an additional $1.1 billion to address the opioid and heroin abuse epidemic, the Office of Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced yesterday. This is the largest increase in direct federal funding for treating substance use disorders in decades.

    CADCA recognizes the importance of increased funding towards treatment. This funding is desperately needed for lifesaving Medicated Assisted Treatment. However, we are disappointed to see that funds for comprehensive community-based opioid misuse prevention was not included in... more

  • CADCA Joins DEA’s Comprehensive Strategy to Address Heroin, Opioid Abuse, and Violent Crime - 11/09/2015

    CADCA will play an instrumental role in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) comprehensive new 360 Strategy to address heroin, opioid abuse, and violent crime.

    “CADCA commends the DEA for recognizing education and prevention are key elements to addressing the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic in this country, and we are proud to join the DEA’s comprehensive 360 Strategy. CADCA will bring its expertise in building effective community coalitions and facilitating valuable dialogues to the initiative... more