WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) met with leading prevention advocates in the nation’s capital this week to focus on drug-free community initiatives and continue his support for community anti-drug groups locally.
“When it comes to the health and safety of our communities, there is nothing more important than a clear understanding of the challenges we face and direct plan to overcome them,” said Fitzpatrick. “That’s why it’s critical that I am on the same page as groups like CADCA. Its member coalitions and my constituents are a valuable asset in ensuring I am doing everything I can on the federal level to defeat substance abuse and support prevention efforts in Bucks and Montgomery counties.”
Fitzpatrick, a member of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse, has been a vocal leader in supporting the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and local efforts to get drugs off the streets. CADCA is the national member-based organization representing coalitions working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA's mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.
"An important part of making a difference in our community is having a relationship with your elected leaders – especially your congressman,” said Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth (CRCHY) members Samantha Lavelle, Stephanie Krauss, Cassandra Bryant, and Sarah Foisy following their visit. “The connection we have with Congressman Fitzpatrick is a valuable one as we seek to prevent substance abuse in our schools and in our community. He is a strong supporter of our work and we are very grateful for his constant support."
Other organizations meeting with Fitzpatrick included Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities (BPYC), New Hope-Solebury Cares, and Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission.
“The individuals involved with CADCA and the crusade for drug-use awareness and drug-free communities represent the best of what our district has to offer – caring and committed people looking to make a difference in their own neighborhoods,” added Fitzpatrick. “It is a pleasure to work side by side with with them and I am proud of their continued effort.”
Fitzpatrick is a recipient of CADCA’s Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of his sustained commitment to championing the cause of community-based substance abuse prevention and has previously addressed the organization’s National Leadership Forum. On his website, Fitzpatrick includes information about prescription drug drop-off boxes to ensure that expired or unused drugs stay out of the wrong hands.