NCADD has played a pivotal role in bringing education and connections with resources in the field of prevention of alcohol and drug dependence. As a nurse who coordinated the care of pregnant women with addiction, I applaud the efforts of the team at NCADD that provided a connection with professionals, community representatives, individuals with dependence and addiction, and government officials.
In addition, the organization enlightened the public on the dangers of prescription drug use and the problem of availability of internet access to purchase drugs without a prescription. Deaths due to overdose of these drugs were the consequence and this was also presented.
I have known of NCADD and have recently volunteered. I find the organization to be very informative and educational and have a very strong desire to help in the prevention of drugs and alcohol use. I am very involved in the Coaliton for Healthy Communities. We meet monthly and share what is going on in the community and how we can educate the community to timely topics that affect them. The Young Womens' Conference is their yearly event. All high schools in Middlesex County are invited to bring their teen girls to this event. It is an all day event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe, New Jersey. They are served breakfast and lunch and attend workshops. The workshops inlcude cyberbullying, body image, different cultures, drug abuse, and others. The teens are treated as young adults and are drawn to the event. The reviews have been excellent and many have started focus groups in their school based on this experience. They also partner with other agencies in the county to help make thier events a success.
NCADD also has many intitives to educate the community. One is the Jeopardy game they bring to senior centers. The questions are about drug abuse and they give out small prizes.
This oranization definitely has its focus on the community and its needs.
NCADD is a great organization dedicating to the prevention of substance abuse, particulary with our most vulnerable - youth. I enjoy volunteering for this organization because it allows me to help to make positive changes in our community, to network with others from various fields and to assist in the overall mission to create healthier communities.