Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) last week honored U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) with its 2016 National Leadership Award for his support of community-based prevention and for efforts to inspire national dialogue on drug problems. Among Rogers' initiatives in Kentucky was the creation of Operation UNITE, an effort to bring together businesses, government agencies and law enforcement professionals to combat addiction.
Rogers, who co-chairs the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, said in a news release that in the effort to address addiction, “there is nothing more powerful than the holistic approach—bringing together professionals and community members from law enforcement, to treatment, and education to raise awareness and effect the change so desperately needed to transform the way we think about and address substance abuse.”
CADCA chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean added, “From the time that his state of Kentucky was one of the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, to today, Congressman Rogers has had a monumental impact on our field.”
The award was presented at CADCA's 26th annual National Leadership Forum, held Feb. 1-4.