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Watch Webcast Discussion about Scientific Approach to Keep Youth Safe from Drugs

September 09, 2009

To celebrate recent advances in drug prevention science, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sponsored its first virtual town hall meeting. This unique event on September 9, 2009 brought together representatives from key federal agencies involved in preventing and combating substance abuse in the United States.

They were linked via satellite from Washington, DC to Camden, Maine where members of five local communities as well as participants from Freeport, Illinois and Quincy, Washington talked about their success in implementing the Communities That Care (CTC) system aimed at keeping youth safe from drugs. The Washington, DC participants included NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Director Ms. Frances Harding, and Dr. David Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins heads the Community Youth Development Study at the University of Washington which researched the CTC approach.

The lively one hour discussion highlights how new scientific approaches combined with commitment at the community level can reduce the chances of children becoming involved with drugs.

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