Roland Licona, a member of Kaua’i’s Kawaihau District Leadership Coalition was among 1,500 individuals from across the country who recently attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Leadership Forum . He learned strategies to prevent substance abuse and meeting with our area’s lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Licona is a District Supervisor. He is an active volunteer member of the Kawaihau community leadership coalition-a partnership of parents, teachers, young people, law enforcement, health providers, the faith community, business and civic leaders, elected officials and other concerned citizens whose mission is to make Kaua’i safe, healthy and drug-free.
The CADCA Forum offered insights on emerging trends and techniques in drug abuse prevention and coalition building and provided training in how to implement effective prevention strategies in local communities.
Licona traveled to Capitol Hill to discuss the critical issue of substance abuse with Hawai’i Congressman Ed Case, outlining the anti-drug coalition’s programs, goals and strategies for keeping Kaua’i safe and drug free.
“At a time when critical budget and policy decisions will determine the future of anti-drug programs in Kaua’i and the rest of the country, it was essential to emphasize to our lawmakers the need for their continued support of our efforts,” Licona said.
Among Kawaihau District Leadership Coalition’s most recent efforts is holding an information community meeting co-hosted by members of the Kaua’i Police Department showing how to identify and recognize drug paraphernalia.
On the Web: Drug-Free Kids Campaign, www.cadca.org and http://www.drug-freekids.org.