Drug Prevention Seminar

On May 18, 2010, the Mentor Foundation hosted a free seminar on drug prevention at the House of Sweden, Washington, DC.

The challenges and recent trends of drug abuse among children and adolescents were discussed by leading experts and high-level government officials. The event had two sessions.

Morning session, 9.00am-1.00pm
International Drug Abuse Prevention:
Opportunities and Challenges

This session focused on cutting-edge research and public policy to promote youth drug prevention. Presenters included officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Mentor Foundation.

Speaker's slides:
1. The Challenges of Health Behaviors During Adolescence
Bob Blum, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2. Trends In International Drug Abuse: An Epidemiological Perspective
Wilson Compton, Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, NIDA
3. The White House Strategy for Demand Reduction
Tom McLellan, Deputy Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
4. Challenges for Application of Effective Prevention
Eve Reider, Deputy Branch Chief, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, NIDA
5. The Way Forward for Drug Abuse Prevention
Elizabeth Robertson, Chief of the Prevention Research Branch, NIDA

> See full program and speaker biographies...

Evening Session, 5.30pm-8.00pm
Preventing Children from Drug Abuse:
Strategies for Parents, Schools and Communities

This session focused on how to involve schools, communities, families and parents in effective drug abuse prevention. Presenters included officials from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Mentor Foundation.

Speaker's slides:
1.The White House Strategy for Demand Reduction
Tom McLellan, Deputy Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
2. Lessons Learned about Effective Prevention
Frances Harding, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
3. How to Empower Communities to Reduce Drug Use
Eduardo Hernandez-Alarcon, VP, International Programs, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
4. Mentor's Prevention Programs for Parents
Ken Winters, Professor, U of MN Medical School & Mentor Foundation Advisor

> See full program and speaker biographies...

The seminar was held at the House of Sweden (2900 K Street NW; Washington, DC 20007) as part of their Spring Program 2010 focusing on Health and Care.