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February 14, 2013

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RAYMOND — Representatives from the Raymond Coalition for Youth are headed to the Washington, D.C. area to join more than 2,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 23rd annual National Leadership Forum.

“We are so excited to be able to spend a few days with other similar organizations from across the country, learning and honing our prevention skills to bring back to our community and share with the members of RCFY. Together we can strategize ways of implementing the great programs that can be of benefit to our students, families and communities to hopefully prevent the harmful effects and suffering that come from the misuse of drugs and alcohol abuse,” says Celeste Clark, Executive Director “We know we will come back reenergized and with new strategies to tackle these difficult issues.”

CADCA’s Forum will cover a wide range of topics - including how to prevent prescription drug abuse, how to create tobacco-free environments, develop policies to reduce underage and excessive drinking. There will also be classes associated with involving the community, especially the youth, in making positive change.

The coalition also plans to participate in state-wide meetings and a special session on marijuana legalization and medical marijuana at CADCA’s Forum.

The coalition has recently impacted the community by working together to bring a playground to Riverside Park. This playground not only provides a wonderful place for families to go and enjoy quality time together but also increases the amount of people in a great outdoor space, essentially reducing the remoteness of the location and the likelihood of it being misused.

The coalition also will meet with their U.S. representatives and senators at the Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event. We have appointments scheduled with Senator Shaheen and Representative Kelly Ayotte we are also trying to arrange a meeting with Carol Shea- Porter

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