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It is with great pleasure that we say thank you to the honorees, attendees, presenters, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, Council members and Council staff who made the Council's 21st Annual Summit, Creating Healthy and Safe Communities, a huge success.

Thanks also to New Jersey Prevention Network and Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey for providing additional event staff for the Summit.

The 2nd Annual W. Cary Edwards State Volunteer Awards was presented to Janice Georgallas of the Hills Valley Coalition, comprising Hillsdale, Montvale, River Vale and Woodcliff Lake Municipal Alliances of Bergen County.

We were also pleased to have presented GCADA's first annual Community Service Award to NJ 101.5 for their significant contribution to alcoholism and drug abuse prevention, public awareness, treatment and recovery in a way that reflects the mission and goals of the Council.

The Council is appreciative to all who provided Summit evaluations which, from their review, leads us to conclude the Summit was indeed a success: 98 percent of attendees found the overall quality of the Summit to be outstanding, excellent or good; 93 percent found the keynote speech to be outstanding, excellent or good; and others were similarly pleased with the Summit management, registration process, and even the Summit's food and beverage.


To view photographs of the events, please visit the Council's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gcada.newjersey. Be sure to "Like" the page to keep informed of future Council activities, programs and events.


"Great job - Governor McGreevey was awesome!"

"The keynote speaker and the networking aspect of this conference are what I enjoyed most!"

"This was an extraordinary opportunity to meet, and learn more about treatment facilities and programs."

"I have to say that Summit networking and workshops have improved significantly."

"Well organized!  I enjoyed the keynote and choice of 2 breakouts. Both of my choices were exceptional!"

Thank you again to all who made the 21th Annual Summit such a success. We look forward to seeing you at the 22nd Annual Summit next September. Stay tuned for details!!


Creating a Healthy and Safe Community through a Faith-Based 12 Step Program
Anthony Jankowski, Linda Lomas, MS, and Joseph Rampulla, M.Ed, CAC

Current Drug Trends and Emerging Drugs of Abuse
Glenn Duncan, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS

Healing Communities from Addiction and Trauma: A Strengths Based Approach
Phil Diaz, MSW

How Prescription Drug and Opiate Abuse is Bringing Gang Violence to the Suburbs and How to Stop It
Michael R. DeLeon

NJ Municipal Planning Boards: A Data Driven Response to Juvenile Delinquency
Wanda Moore, JD, Thomas Huth, JD, Louis Paparozzi, MA, and Roland Anglin, PhD

Teenage Addiction: A Pain in the Brain
Randie O'Neill, PhD, LCADC, SAC