JT Daily, Narconon drug prevention specialist
with Gen. Arthur T. Dean, Chairman & CEO CADCA
2005 was the 3rd year that Narconon International has had a booth at the annual CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Forum in Washington, D.C. This year it was attended by Yvonne Rodgers, Executive Director of Narconon Eastern U.S., Christine MacDonald, Eastern U.S. Consultant from Narconon International, and J.T. Daily, Drug Prevention Specialist from Narconon Arrowhead.
The Narconon staff greeted attendees from their booth which was positioned right at the entrance of this year's exhibit. As attendees came by, many said that they enjoy our online newsletter. One couple related that they had attended the opening of the Narconon First Step Center in Houston, Texas last September. Another lady related that she had two family members go through the Narconon rehab program (one 14 years ago!), and they are still clean.
Narconon Booth at CADCA Conference - 2005
A number of ministers came by to get data and talk with us. They especially appreciated our newsletter about faith-based programs and information on the SAMSHA Faith-based and Community Partners Conference held last summer in Oklahoma City. Several ministers commented that they liked the fact that ours is a non-religious program that can be integrated into their existing community outreach programs.
In north-central Illinois, there is a coalition of parents trying to fight the heroin problem. They had 12 deaths last year from drug overdose, and had already had 2 more in 2005! We've offered to help them by saturating the area with the Narconon truth about drugs lectures.
This year's National CADCA Leadership Award went to Ohio's First Lady, Hope Taft. She is truly a "Champion of Change!" She is very active in anti-drug activities, especially regarding under-age drinking issues. Yvonne spoke with Mrs. Taft regarding the success of the Bridge Builders Program in Ohio. This easy-to-implement community-based prevention model could well be put to use by us in Florida.
The attendance at this CADCA Forum peaked at 2450--the highest number yet! It is heartwarming to meet so many wonderful people who are all working to end the problem of drugs and alcohol in their communities.
We are proud to be helping communities all over the U.S. implement the effective Narconon drug rehabilitation and prevention programs that we have become known for in our 38 years of service.
In summary, it might be useful to you to find out about the coalition(s) in your area. Check out CADCA's website at CADCA