We’re back in the friendly confines of the OP office in balmy Portland, having weathered the snow and ice of Washington D.C. and site of the annual CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) conference. Three thousand people converged on the sprawling Washington Convention Center for five days of workshops, confabs, and speeches by leaders in the field. And would you believe it? Those three thousand are all into drug prevention at the community level, just like we are.
This was my first trip to CADCA, and I made two major observations:
1. The sweltering DC Convention Center could save enough energy to heat a small state if it turned down its thermostat.
2. We’re going to hear a whole lot more in the coming months and years about the science of drug and alcohol prevention. Yeah, it’s about the brain.
Nobody knows that more than NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) and those folks appear to be on a roll, telling us that in the next decade, there’s going to be huge (as in measurable) progress in tackling addictions, combining treatment medications and behavior therapy.
Oregon Partnership is big on the brain too, knowing that in the crusade on underage drinking, teaching kids about the effects of alcohol on the brain and on their bodies is a preventive tool that gets results.