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What Works to Reduce Drug Use.

2008.01.15.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the U.S. Department
of State (DOS), we are pleased you will be joining us at the upcoming Demand
Reduction Conference

The conference is being held in Budapest, Hungary January 23 – 24, 2008.
The invited participants include government and non-governmental officials,
administrators, researchers and those who devote their efforts towards drug
addiction prevention and demand reduction.



Demand Reduction Conference: What Works to Reduce Drug Use
Budapest, Hungary - January 23-24, 2008


Conference Agenda


Tuesday, January 22, 2008


All Day Advanced scheduled transportation provided to Hotel from Airport.
7:00pm -8:00pm Welcome Reception and Conference Registration (Location: Kempinski Hotel – Corvinus Salon)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
6:30am - 9:00am Breakfast at Kempinski Hotel: Bistro Jardin (Breakfast is included in hotel room rate)
8:45am - 9:15am Transportation provided to Conference
Session One: Prevention Best Practices
9:00am - 9:30am Presenters Meeting at Conference Location
9:30am - 9:35am Conference Opening Remarks - Dr. Bertha Madras, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
9:35am - 10:00am Overview on Demand Reduction - Dr. Bertha Madras, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
The goal of prevention is to stop substance use before it ever begins. Prevention efforts involve multiple players and are most successful when messages from parents, the school, the community, and State and Federal partners are consistent: youth should not use drugs.
Recognizing that addiction to substances is a treatable disease and recovery is possible, the U.S. Government has supported innovative and effective programs designed to help expand treatment options, enhance treatment delivery, and improve treatment outcomes.


10:00am - 10:30am ...So You Want a Drug Prevention Education Media Campaign But Don’t Have the Money for It? - Roger Pisani
The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is a multi-dimensional effort to educate and empower youth to reject illicit drugs. The campaign uses a variety of media to reach parents and youth, including TV ads, educational materials, websites, and publications. The Campaign's messages reach Americans wherever they live, work, learn, and play. How-to-do-it adaptations of the U.S. experience have been successfully implemented in Latin American countries where resources are often limited.


10:30am - 11:00am Drug Testing in Schools and Workplaces - June Sivilli, Office of Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Workplace. A U.S. study reveals workers reporting current drug use were more likely to have worked for three or more employers, to have voluntarily left an employer in the past year, and skipped one or more days of work in the past month. In those occupations identified with the highest rates of drug information and policies in the workplace, employees reported significantly lower rates of current drug use and heavy drinking. Workplace safety is the most common reason given by employers for drug testing.
Schools. Random student drug testing is a powerful public health tool that discourages students from using dangerous, addictive drugs, and confidentially identifies those who may need help or drug treatment. Random testing also promotes a safer, healthier school learning environment.


11:00am -11:15am Break


11:15am - 11:45am Developing a Student Drug Testing Policy - Chris Steffner, Principal of Hunterdon Central Regional High School, NJ
Many schools in the United States have adopted random student drug testing program as a means to deter students from using drugs and alcohol. It has been found to be very effective when part of a comprehensive program. It is confidential and non-punitive. This presentation will examine the policy and the steps taken by one U.S. school district in New Jersey that developed a Random Student Drug Testing Program.


11:45am -1:30pm Networking Luncheon (ILEA Cafeteria, Ground Level)


1:30pm - 2:00pm Overview of Drug Free Communities - June Sivilli, Office of Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Drug Free Community Coalitions are a catalyst for increased citizen participation in efforts to reduce substance use among youth. The Federally funded Drug-Free Communities Support Program enables the coalitions to strengthen their coordination and prevention efforts, encourage citizen participation in substance abuse reduction efforts, and disseminate information about effective programs.


2:00pm - 2:30pm Grassroots Anti-Drug Coalition and Coalition Building - Dr. Eduardo Hernandez-Alarcon, Director, International Programs, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Local coalitions have changed the way that communities in the United States respond to the threats of illegal drugs and excessive alcohol use. Coalitions have served as catalysts for multi-sector participation in local anti-drug efforts as they are vehicles for bringing together sectors of a community to develop and carry out comprehensive strategies to reduce substance abuse problems. Coalitions are made up of diverse cross-sections of parents, youth, educators, law enforcement, faith-based leaders and others who are committed to achieve their common goals of reducing drug abuse. This session will provide an overview of the coalition movement in the United States and describe how they can mobilize communities through the implementation of comprehensive plans.

2:30pm - 3:00pm Building Grass Root Drug Free Community Programs - Lee Rush, Executive Director, Just Communities
Just Community, Inc., is a non-profit organization that provides training and consultation services to communities, schools, and organizations in the areas of youth development, community mobilization strategies, and restorative practices.


3:00pm - 3:30pm Questions and Discussion for Session One: Prevention Best Practices.


Session Two: Treatment and Recovery Support Services: Intervening and Healing


3:30pm - 4:15pm Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) - Dr. Bertha Madras, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
The U.S. Federal Government established a demonstration program entitled “Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment” (SBIRT), an innovative way to use our Nation's health care system to help diagnose and intervene with substance abusers before they encounter serious adverse consequences. By encouraging health care professionals to identify at-risk populations and intervene early, we can significantly reduce alcohol and drug abuse and possibly prevent addiction. This program screens patients and provides brief interventions in hospitals, primary care settings, colleges, rural health clinics and one tribal council. Six months after patients received interventions, they reported highly significant declines in the use of alcohol and a range of illicit drugs.


4:15pm - 4:30pm Break


4:30pm - 5:15pm Drug Courts: Blending Treatment and Accountability in the Justice System - C. West Huddleston, III, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)
NADCP promotes the reduction of negative social impact of substance abuse, crime, and recidivism. NADCP is a proven organizational-change agent in both the public health and safety arenas. Drug Courts address and solve the underlying problems faced by the substance abusing criminal offender. Drug courts are also effective in facilitating long term sobriety and restoration of hope in individual lives. While changing lives, drug courts also change the face of addiction in communities. Addicts are people with solvable problems. Drug courts offer the necessary tools and support for the addict to conquer their addiction.


5:15pm - 5:45pm Questions and Discussion for Session Two: Treatment and Recovery Support Services: Intervening and Healing


5:45pm - 6:15pm Review and Discussion - Dr. Bertha Madras, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy


6:15pm - 6:45pm Enroute to Dinner location (Transportation provided)


7:00pm - 9:30pm Reception followed by Dinner at Gundel Restaurant


9:30pm - 10:00pm Transportation provided to Hotel Kempinski

Thursday, January 24, 2008


6:30am - 9:00am Breakfast at Kempinski Hotel: Bistro Jardin (Breakfast is included in hotel room rate)


8:45am - 9:15am Transportation provided to Conference
Session Three: Latest Research on Drug Abuse


9:30am - 10:00am Opening Remarks - Dr. Bertha Madras, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy


10:00am - 10:45am Monitoring Drug Abuse Trends from a Local Perspective: NIDA's Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) – Wilson M. Compton, M.D., Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Established by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 1976, the Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) is a network composed of researchers from major metropolitan areas of the United States and selected foreign countries which meet semiannually to discuss the current epidemiology of drug abuse. The primary mission of the Work Group is to provide ongoing community-level surveillance of drug abuse through analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data. Through this program the CEWG provides current descriptive and analytical information regarding the nature and patterns of local drug abuse, emerging trends, characteristics of vulnerable populations and social and health consequences.


10:45am - 11:00am Break


11:00am - 11:45am The Impact of Marijuana in Society - Professor Neil McKeganey, Director, Centre for Drug Misuse Research, Glasgow, Scotland
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug worldwide and the consequences of its use include damage to the lives of those who use it and to those around them. More countries than ever are realizing that the THC levels in cannabis are now much higher than in the past, and the rate of treatment needs for cannabis use is increasing. Escalating levels of research indicate that the risk factors of marijuana use, particularly during the teen years, include depression, thoughts of suicide, and schizophrenia. Other research shows that young people are more at risk to use marijuana if they are in families where it is already being used and accepted as normative. More needs to be done to understand and identify the circumstances of drug use and to determine successful methods for youth prevention to reduce the scale of cannabis use and to increase youth treatment initiatives.

11:45am - 12:30pm Advances in Drug Abuse and Addiction Research: Implications for Treatment – Timothy P. Condon, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Over the past 30 years, advances in science have revolutionized our understanding of drug abuse and addiction. Powerful research tools and extraordinary science advances have shown us that addiction is a complex brain disease expressed as a form of compulsive behavior whose development and recovery are shaped by behavioral experience and social context. Although addiction is a disease that is chronic and relapsing in nature, we know from research that it can be successfully treated. Understanding drug abuse and addiction has led to the development of increasingly targeted and effective prevention and treatment strategies. One example is NIDA’s National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) helps move promising treatments from research to practice in community-based settings.


12:30pm - 1:00pm Questions and Discussion for Session Three: Latest Research on Drug Abuse


1:00pm - 2:30pm Luncheon Presentation: Essential Elements for Prevention Success - Mike Buscemi, Senior Consultant LionsQuest (ILEA Cafeteria, Ground Level)
Lions Clubs International is an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), through their program LionsQuest, runs a CSAP/SAMHSA “Model” program on substance abuse prevention targeted at youth populations in over 30 countries, including the Czech Republic.


Session Four: Cost-Effective Drug Treatment Options


2:30pm - 3:00pm Access to Recovery Programs - Dr. Bertha Madras, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
A treatment initiative has been implemented in the U.S. to ensure access and accountability for alcohol and drug abuse services by allowing individuals greater choices among appropriate programs and includes a broad spectrum of recovery support services. It enables eligible individuals to use federal alcohol and drug abuse vouchers to obtain help at all effective treatment organizations, including faith-based and community-based organizations. The program expands treatment utilization and accountability, thereby broadening and strengthening the current system.


3:00pm - 3:15pm Break

3:15pm - 3:45pm Treatment Alternatives: Using a Faith-Based Initiative as a Foundation for Substance Abuse Recovery - Linda Leathers, Executive Director of the Downtown Ministry Center and The Next Door
The Next Door is a residential program located in downtown Nashville which provides housing and recovery support services to women coming from crisis situations. Recovery support services at The Next Door and Freedom Recovery Community include addressing issues surrounding addiction and mental health and are offered in an integrated model to deal with these co-occurring disorders. Licensed professional counselors meet individually and in groups with residents.


3:45pm - 4:15pm Questions and Discussion for Session Four: Cost-Effective Drug Treatment Options


4:15pm - 4:45pm Conference Closing Remarks - Dr. Bertha Madras, Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy


4:45pm - 5:15pm Transportation provided to Hotel

 


Friday, January 25, 2008


6:30am - 9:30am Breakfast at Kempinski Hotel: Bistro Jardin (Breakfast is included in hotel room rate)
Advanced scheduled transportation provided to Airport.

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