CARMEL, N.Y. – Representatives from Putnam County recently attended a four-day conference designed to teach the latest strategies to address substance abuse, according to officials.
Organized by Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America, the 27th annual National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., brought together more than 3,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from across the country, officials said in a statement.
The event took place from Feb. 5- Feb. 9. Among those to attend were nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators and concerned policymakers, according to the statement.
“We were so excited to be able to spend several days with other coalitions from across the country, networking, learning new information and honing our prevention skills so we can make our community a better place – one that doesn’t suffer from the harms of drug and alcohol abuse,” said Bruce Kelly, coordinator of the Putnam Communities That Care Coalition. “Each year, we return re-energized, more knowledgeable and inspired to go back home and implement strategies for a safe, healthy and drug-free Putnam County.”
The forum covered a number of topics, including marijuana legislation, tobacco cessation, the opioid epidemic, underage drinking and e-cigarettes, according to the statement, which said that members of the Putnam Communities That Care Coalition also met with U.S. representatives and senators while in the nation's capital.