Feb 04 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of the significant contributions he has made to the field of substance abuse prevention and long-standing support of community-based drug prevention, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) awarded Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY), the 2016 National Leadership Award.
“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,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman & CEO. “He truly understands the value of community-based efforts, but also has led the way to bring national leaders together to discuss solutions.”
CADCA’s National Leadership Award recognizes leaders who have been longtime supporters of the community coalition movement and who use their voice and influence to educate the community about the importance of substance abuse prevention.
He accepted his award during CADCA’s 26TH annual National Leadership Forum, taking place Feb. 1-4 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is the nation's largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals and researchers, attracting more than 2,500 community and state leaders from across the country.
“Over the years, we’ve gained invaluable insight regarding the disease of addiction, and what it takes to truly save lives and stop the cycle of abuse. However, 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,” said Congressman Rogers, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse. “I am honored to accept CADCA’s National Leadership Award and I applaud our community coalitions across the country that continue the grassroots efforts to prevent abuse and to reach out to those who are determined to overcome addiction."
Serving Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981, Hal Rogers is currently in his 18th term representing the people of southern and eastern Kentucky, and is the longest serving Kentucky Republican ever elected to federal office. Focused on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drug use and preserving the natural treasures of Appalachia, Rogers has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the interests of the region where he was raised. Nationally, as Chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, he has helped to fund prevention work. He also started a coalition and advocates for the entire continuum of care, from starting prescription drug monitoring programs, to funding prevention programs, to supporting drug courts.
For more information about CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, visit http://forum.cadca.org.
CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America), is the global membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and their affiliates working to make the worlds’ communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA's mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions by providing technical assistance and training, public policy and advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events. For more information about CADCA, visit www.cadca.org.