Pictured (left to right): General Barry McCaffrey (ret.), Dr. Robert DuPont, Director Jim Carroll
On June 24th, over 200 people attended the Addiction Policy Forum’s 2019 National Leadership Conference at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The day started off with an unprecedented moment: Keynote Speaker, and current Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Jim Carroll, invited previous Directors of ONDCP General Barry McCaffrey (ret.) and Dr. Robert DuPont to join him onstage for an impromptu panel. For the first time, these three experts shared their insight on the current opioid epidemic and lessons learned heading the nation’s top office on addiction.
Pictured: Sean Fearns
Following Director Carroll was a presentation by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Chief of Community Outreach Sean Fearns, who provided an update on current DEA priorities and ways they are working to address drug trafficking and prevention.
Pictured: Dr. Christian Conte
Anger management expert Dr. Christian Conte spoke to attendees about mindfulness and awareness and ways we can use both to better address addiction.
Pictured: Dr. Robert DuPont (left) and Ellen Morehouse (right)
Lisbet Portman, Vice President of Digital Content and Strategy at the Addiction Policy Forum moderated the next panel on innovations in prevention. Speakers included Dr. Robert Dupont, our nation’s first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Ellen Morehouse, a national leader on Student Assistance Services, and Lauren Phelps, a teacher at Breed Middle School in Lynn Massachusetts who is transforming the way we care for children who have experienced trauma in their home lives.
Pictured: Dr. Arjun Venkatesh
Addiction Policy Forum’s Executive Vice President Mark O’Brien led a panel on innovations in treatment. Panelists included: Dr. Arjun Venkatesh (Yale University School of Medicine), Kathy Bettinardi-Angres (Positive Sobriety Institute) and Kerry Norton (Founder of Hope on Haven Hill).
Pictured: Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett
The final panel of the National Leadership Conference was led by Jay Ruais, Executive Vice President of Field Advancement at Addiction Policy Forum. The panel focused on innovations in criminal justice and included Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley, and Tara Kunkel, Senior Drug Policy Advisor at the Department of Justice.
The Addiction Policy Forum’s National Leadership Conference was then followed by an awards dinner honoring individuals who have made an incredible impact in addressing addiction in their communities. Recap to follow.