message of collective responsibility, collaboration, and support in its mission to prevent substance abuse in the cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista. Duffy is the recipient of many Department of Justice awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, which she received in 2008 for her work on the Arellano-Felix drug cartel cases.
Other speakers at the celebration included Nick Macchione, director of
the county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and Chuck
Matthews, Deputy Director of the county of San Diego HHSA, North Regions.
The anniversary program also highlighted achievements of the NCPC’s
STOP Act Grant, which was awarded in 2008 to prevent and has reduced underage
drinking in Hispanic populations.
In 2009, NCPC received national recognition as the Community Anti-Drug
Coalitions of America’s Coalition of the Year award due to comprehensive, community-level approaches to combat substance abuse, such as Social Host Ordinances to prevent underage drinking at private parties; retail efforts to reduce the sale of drug paraphernalia; the annual 420 Remix event to reclaim April 20 as a Celebration of Sober
and Drug Free Life Choices; and prescription drug education events and
Take-Back days to prevent youth access to prescription drugs.