WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) was honored in a ceremony this morning by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America with their Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of his sustained commitment to championing the cause of community-based substance abuse prevention, and his support of the Drug Free Communities program.
"Drug Free Communities organizations - like the ones in my district and others throughout the country - are making a real difference because they have put collaborative prevention strategies, policies and practices in place at the community level," said Fitzpatrick. "I am proud to support The Drug Free Communities program because it is critical to ensuring the success of our young people, and I want to make sure that more communities are equipped to do what many have already done on their own."
Also being honored this week by CADCA are Bucks Promise for Youth and Communities, and Perkasie resident and community volunteer, Lee Rush.
Bucks Promise, a Bucks County based coalition whose mission is to "mobilize, build and strengthen the community around our youth to enrich the quality of life in Bucks County, Pennsylvania" is being presented with the "Dose of Prevention" Award for its comprehensive approach to help raise awareness of the abuse of medicines in Bucks County.
Bucks Promise has also been recognized by the Drug Enforcement Agency for the outstanding success of its prescription drug take back program which has collected 8 tons of unwanted prescription drugs. Their program will now serve as a model for anti-drug coalitions across the country
Lee Rush was also honored by CADCA as their "Advocate of the Year." Lee's work through the organization he founded, justCommunity, has provided important consultation services, education, and training in youth development and substance abuse prevention for Bucks and Montgomery families.
Fitzpatrick concluded, stating that " I am very proud to represent Bucks Promise, recipient of the 'Dose of Prevention Award' and Lee Rush, 'Advocate of the year.' I look forward to continuing working with community leaders and my colleagues here in our Nation’s Capital to advance life-savings drug abuse prevention efforts."