MORRIS COUNTY PREVENTION IS KEY IS HEADED TO CADCA’S NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM TO LEARN NEW SKILLS TO INCREASE SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION EFFORTS

 

Rockaway, NJ – Representatives from Rockaway, NJ headed to the Washington, D.C., area to join approximately 3,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s) 27th Annual National Leadership Forum.

“We are humbled to be have been chosen to share our successes in linking prevention science with recovery support for high impact community outcomes,” related Christopher Goeke, Project Director for CCSHM.  “Being asked to present at CADCA on our work is such a fantastic opportunity to further extend our collaborative efforts nationally.”

CADCA’s Forum covered 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.

Morris County Prevention is Key is excited to be launching the Addiction Recovery Response Team. This is a really unique public collaboration aimed at reducing the relapse rates from opiate use in Morris County. Key community partners like CARES, the hospitals, the Prosecutors office, and the Department of Human Services are coming together to make Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) available in the hospital emergency rooms anytime someone is saved from an opioid overdose with Naloxone. The CPRS’s will meet with the patients in the ER with the goal of getting them into treatment and hopefully long term recovery. Training to become a CPRS is available exclusively through the CARES located in Rockaway, NJ.

The coalition representatives heard from several federal leaders including Michael Botticelli, former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) who both received CADCA’s National Leadership Award at the event. Morris County Prevention Is Key also met with U.S. representatives and senators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, took place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center on Feb. 6-9. Visit the Forum website for details about training sessions, speakers, and special events at cadca.org/events/forum2017.

 

For more information on Morris County Prevention is Key or CARES, please visit                                                     www.mcpik.org or www.morris.caresnj.org