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CADCA salutes three community coalitions for drug prevention work

November 30, 2010
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Washington, D.C. – A panel of coalition experts at the federal, state and local levels named the following three coalitions as CADCA’s 2010 Got Outcomes! award winners:

• Van Buren County SAFE Coalition in Keosauqua, Iowa
• The Prevention Council of Roanoke County in Roanoke, Va.
• The Taney County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) in Branson, Mo.

CADCA invites coalition leaders across the country to nominate their coalition for a prestigious Got Outcomes! Coalition of Excellence Award. The goal of the program is to recognize coalitions that achieve measurable success in community-level substance abuse-related outcomes by implementing a comprehensive and feasible plan guided by local data. Applicants choose from three separate categories based on the substance abuse-related outcomes achieved and begin a rigorous two-phase application process requiring them to clearly communicate their story and contribution to community-level outcomes.

The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition won the “Coalition of the Year” award for implementing a variety of strategies including supporting compliance check operations, drafting and enhancing school and community policies, disseminating information and increasing awareness of the problems. Their efforts contributed to reductions in alcohol and tobacco use among 11th graders.

The Prevention Council of Roanoke County won the “Coalition in Focus” award for developing a plan to reduce the accessibility of alcohol to youth, change the community norms of adolescent alcohol use, and delay the age of onset of alcohol use among middle-school students. Their efforts also contributed greatly to declines in alcohol use among high school students.

The Taney County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) received the “Milestones” award for coordinating an underage drinking awareness campaign, creating graduated sanctions for underage drinkers and drafting and enhancing local alcohol ordinances. Their efforts helped increase the number of youth who perceive alcohol use to be harmful, and reduced risky alcohol-related behaviors among youth such as driving in the car with someone under the influence of alcohol.

“These organizations are true leaders in the field of substance abuse prevention, exemplifying the excellent work that coalitions are doing around the country to prevent and reduce drug use,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA’s chairman and CEO. “By using sound and strategic data-driven practices, CADCA’s Got Outcomes! winners are challenging community social norms and perceptions related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Congratulations to our winners for contributing to reductions in substance abuse and associated problems at the local level.”

The winning coalitions will receive their award onstage during CADCA’s 21st Annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Md. in February.

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