2019 CCoVA State Summit

Emerging Trends in Substance Abuse: Where do we go from here?

October 30, 2019, 7:30 AM -5:00 PM

The Hotel Roanoke, 110 Shenandoah Ave, Roanoke


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Please join our day long summit on substance use, impact, emerging trends, and evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies. The Community Coalitions of Virginia’s (CCoVA) summit brings experts from the federal, state, and local communities for three workshop tracks: Strategy/Prevention, Recovery/Treatment, and Substance Issues. Invited summit speakers will feature substance use prevention and treatment experts, medical and law enforcement professionals, families, and people in recovery.

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Virgina’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Dr. Daniel Carey, will kick off the day with opening remarks on the opioid crisis and ways Virginia is addressing it. Secretary Carey co-chairs the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Opioids and Addiction and has toured the state exploring best practices for prevention and treatment options.


Will Jones is a national expert with Smart Approaches to Marijuana, the national organization at the forefront of confronting marijuana legalization and big marijuana corporations. Mr. Jones will provide an in depth look at national legislative trends for marijuana and the subsequent impact of legalization and decriminalization on communities.

Adam Darnell, senior researcher from Oregon, will present the implications of cannabis

legalization in the Pacific Northwest and inherent lessons for Virginia.

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Deputy Executive Director of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy, Annette Kelley, will provide an update on the 5 marijuana pharmaceutical processing facilities scheduled to open throughout Virginia this December.


The Drug Enforcement Agency will share current information on

methamphetamine and kratom.

Leading to Change will offer an upbeat, energetic approach to learning and along with many more speakers create an informative and emerging day for substance abuse professionals, coalition members, volunteers, students, faith-based communities, school personnel, businesses, and the military.

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This year’s summit offers a special feature – a Welcoming Networking Reception on Tuesday, October 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the 202 Social House in Roanoke. This is an informal opportunity to meet the speakers and network.

Click here for a detailed schedule of events for CCoVA’s October 30 State Summit.

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In 2008, several community organizers joined together to strengthen education and advocacy efforts for substance abuse prevention programs in Virginia through the creation of Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCoVA). As a statewide coalition of coalitions, CCoVA represents large and small, rural and urban communities, working collaboratively to prevent and reduce substance abuse and related risk factors in Virginia communities that are measureable and improve quality of life. CoVA brings ideas, experience, compassion, and enthusiasm together to create a single organization committed to promoting the prevention and reduction of the effects of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs.

Working with partners at the local, state and national level, CCoVA has already had an impact on federal funding for drug courts, increasing awareness of the positive impact of organized prevention programs in local communities and organizing with the purpose of reducing the life altering impact of alcohol and other drugs.

CCOVA has worked with our local and state legislators on a variety of issues, providing education and data on:

Privatizing alcohol distribution.
Dangers related to happy hour advertising in social media.
Risks to our community regarding energy drinks, alcopops, bath salts and other synthetic drugs.
Impact of recreational Marijuana and Marijuana for medical purposes
Statewide Opioid epidemic

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