Thursday, April 30, 2009

Include prevention in healthcare reform legislation

As President Obama and Congress work to get healthcare reform legislation introduced and passed, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is working to ensure that substance abuse prevention is included in the legislation. It has developed a proposal to include drug/alcohol prevention in healthcare reform.

Not only is this document useful for sharing with policy-makers, it provides good information about why what the NE Seattle coalition is doing is important. It provides data to support

-- the fact that prevention programs reduce economic and medical costs associated with substance abuse;

-- the multi-sector approach (coalitions) to prevention;

-- the need for comprehensive strategies.

If you want a synopsis of national data regarding substance abuse, prevention, and associated problems, this is a great source.

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