Knox UNITE to hone substance abuse prevention skills at CADCA training

Leaders from the Knox County UNITE Coalition will join approximately 2,000 substance abuse prevention and treatment specialists from across the country in Las Vegas July 17-21 for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 2016 Mid-Year Training Institute. The week-long training, held at The Mirage, will teach participants how to address one of our nation’s biggest public health challenges – youth drug use.

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 70 half-day and two-day courses geared towards helping participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance abuse problems.

“The Mid-Year is a unique professional development opportunity for anyone trying to prevent and reduce drug abuse, and its related problems, in their community,” said General Arthur T. Dean, CADCA’s Chairman and CEO. “After four days of intensive training, participants will return to their communities with new skills and strategies, and a clearer roadmap to create environments where young people can thrive.”

This year’s Mid-Year will feature a number of renowned experts in the field of substance abuse and prevention, with keynote remarks by Dr. Moira O’Neil, senior researcher and director of interpretation at the Frameworks Institute. The training event will cover a wide range of topics – everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and reduce heroin use to how to create tobacco-free environments, reduce impaired driving and develop policies to reduce marijuana use, synthetic drug use and underage drinking.

“Anything that we can learn to help prevent drug and alcohol addiction will be useful in this great challenge that we face in Knox County. So many people are devastated by addiction” says Knox County UNITE Chair Claudia Gibson Greenwood.

Currently the Knox County UNITE Coalition sponsors and co-sponsors many youth activities to provide not only education but drug-free adult supervised youth activities. Some of our annual activities are Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, UPWARD/UNITE Basketball, Youth Soccer Camp, Fright Night Prevention Entertainers, Give Me a Reason Drug Kit Distribution, and more.

For those interested in working with UNITE in our county you are welcome to attend our monthly meetings at 2 Amigos Mexican Restaurant on the first Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon.