ACAP’s Drug Free Aroostook Coalition was one of 160 community coalitions honored during a recent graduation ceremony at CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum, just outside of Washington, D.C.

The coalitions received a graduation certificate for completing CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a rigorous training program designed to increase the effectiveness of community drug prevention leaders.

“We are so proud of our coalition for investing the time and resources to take advantage of the best community coalition training in the world. To graduate from this year-long intensive course is no small feat and Drug Free Aroostook is more prepared today to be an effective, sustainable coalition because of this training,” said Chris Haskell, Community Educator for ACAP. “We look forward to applying our knowledge and strategies to ensure the youth in our community live drug free.”

The coalition recently worked on the very successful ad campaign, "Just Because It's Legal, Doesn't Mean It's Safe," targeting the legalization of adult-use marijuana and the harm that can result. In addition, the coalition made presentations to various community organizations on marijuana edibles and what the adult use marijuana law states. They also worked with Aroostook County middle schools to present an evidenced based program call Prime for Life, educating students about high and low risk choices.

CADCA’s National Coalition Academy (NCA) is a comprehensive, year-long training program developed by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute. The NCA incorporates three, week-long classroom sessions, a web-based distance learning component, an online workstation where participants network and share planning products and free ongoing coalition development technical assistance.

CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a four-day event packed with opportunities to learn the latest strategies to address substance abuse and hear from nationally-known prevention experts, federal administrators, and concerned policymakers.

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