CADCAThe Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 25th Annual National Leadership Forum will be held from February 2-5, 2015. The forum will take place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland and expects the attendance of more than 2,500 community leaders in the field of substance abuse.

“More than a conference, the CADCA Forum is a national movement that brings together federal and state officials and community leaders from across the country to find solutions to our nation’s substance abuse problems. For 25 years, participants have left our forum with new ideas and strategies that they can implement in their communities to prevent and reduce youth drug use,” said CADCA Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean. “This year, to mark the CADCA Forum’s silver anniversary, we’re excited to welcome our nation’s top drug policy experts as well as many leaders from the fields of public health and addiction science.”

Keynote speakers at the event will include, Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and a panel of former “drug czars:”

  • Dr. William Bennett
  • Dr. Lee P. Brown
  • General Barry McCaffrey
  • John P. Walters
  • Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske

The forum will host over 70 courses which will teach participants effective strategies to address drug-related problems in their communities.

Attendees will include:

  • Community Drug-Prevention Coalitions
  • Government Leaders
  • Prevention Specialists
  • Addiction Treatment Professionals
  • Addiction Recovery Advocates
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Law Enforcement Professionals
  • Faith-Based Leaders

Also in attendance will be several hundred youths, who take part in CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI). The program is designed to teach young people how to become substance abuse prevention advocates and powerful community leaders.