Bermuda Coalition To Attend CADCA Forum

January 31, 2015

Eleven representatives from Bermuda Coalition are headed to the Washington D.C. area to join more than 2,500 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the USA, Canada, Hawaii, Africa, and South America for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s [CADCA] 25th Annual National Leadership Forum, set to be held from February 2 through 5, 2015 at the Gaylord National Hotel.

“We are so excited to be able to spend several days with other similar organizations from the USA and other international countries 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, violence, and anti-social behavior,” said Judith Burgess, Chairperson, Bermuda Coalition.

“We hope to come back re-energized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug abuse, violence and anti-social behavior in Bermuda.”

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 Bermuda Coalition has worked with the Fenton Drive Community and participated with community partners KBB Clean-up, Prison Fellowship and the Bermuda Police Service. The Bermuda Coalition’s initial work will address underage drinking.

The Coalition will also have an opportunity to meet with various U.S. representatives and senators during a Capitol Hill Day.

A spokesperson said, “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. There is also a youth component with approximately 400 – 500 students training to make a difference in their communities.

“The Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies in building successful coalitions and hear from nationally known prevention experts, federal administrators and concerned policymakers.

“Special thanks extended to the Cummings V. Zuill Scholarship, The Duperreault Fellowship, and Bermuda Community Foundation.”

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