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DART Coalition To Take Part In National Substance Abuse Prevention Conference In Orlando, FL.


To Learn New Strategies to Prevent and Reduce Substance Abuse

Lakewood, New Jersey – Health advocates from the DART Coalition of Ocean County, Institute for Prevention, Barnabas Health, will join more than 1,700 substance abuse prevention specialists from across the country at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute in Orlando, Fla. July 20-24. The week-long training will take place at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel.

CADCA's Mid-Year Training Institute is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 70 half-day and two-day courses geared towards helping participants find solutions to their community's toughest substance abuse problems. Attendees participated in a variety of lecture and hands-on sessions to expand their knowledge in prevention science and improve their skills in implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce drug and alcohol use. This year's training will feature a number of renowned experts in the field of substance abuse prevention, such as Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, and Kana Enomoto, Deputy Principal Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

"We are fortunate to be able to spend a week with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our skills so we can more effectively prevent drug and alcohol abuse," says Michele Buldo, DART Coordinator. "We hope to return reenergized with new strategies under our belt to tackle drug use and its associated problems in Ocean County."

CADCA's Mid-Year will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and the abuse of synthetic drugs to how to create tobacco-free environments, reduce impaired driving and develop policies to reduce marijuana use and underage drinking.

The coalition is currently working on reducing substance abuse in Ocean County with priorities focused on Underage Drinking, Prescription Misuse, the illegal use of Marijuana and Tobacco.

The mission of the DART Coalition is to engage Ocean County residents in the process of reducing substance abuse among youth within the county and over time the community as a whole

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