RAYMOND — Representatives from Raymond Coalition for Youth headed to Washington, D.C. area to join more than 2,500 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 24th annual National Leadership Forum.
CADCA’s Forum covered a wide range of topics –everything from how to prevent prescription drug abuse and the abuse of synthetic drugs like bath salts and K2 to how to create tobacco-free environments and develop policies to reduce underage and excessive drinking.
RCFY has recently impacted the community by working with the RCFY Youth Action group, who are especially concerned with the current legislation around marijuana. These young people see firsthand the impacts marijuana has on their peers and family members who might abuse. They expressed their concern to their Representative and their voices were heard in Concord when Representative Kappler announced on the floor that he had been contacted by youth and asked not to support HB 492.
In addition RCFY is supporting these young people in their efforts to promote a smoke free Town common and Riverside park. This Warrant Article will be on the town ballot in March.
RCFY members also met with U.S. representatives and senators at the CADCA Forum’s Capitol Hill Day event on February 5. The message was passed on to Sen. Ayotte and Shaheen’s staff of the importance of supporting grants such as the Drug Free Communities grant to help continue the RCFY mission.
The group met with Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter and were very excited to have a conversation about the important issues of substance abuse prevention and mental health services for all members of NH. The Congresswoman is on top of these issues and commended the work of RCFY and the value it brings to Raymond and our youth and families.
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