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Local coalition given national recognition

VISTA — The North Coastal Prevention Coalition, or NCPC, was recently named as the “Coalition of the Year 2008” by the Coalition Institute of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, or CADCA. The award was announced Nov. 24 and will be presented to NCPC at CADCA’s 19th annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 12.
The mission of NCPC is to reduce the harm of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs in the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista through community action, education, support and collaboration.
“We are determined to be a national model for community-based prevention efforts,” Aaron Byzak, president of NCPC, said. “This recognition is the culmination of a lot of hard work, years of community involvement, and buy-in from elected representatives.”
The coalition of excellence award category is for advanced coalitions that can demonstrate their contribution toward population-level reductions in substance abuse rates for multiple substances.
“I’m truly honored that our 15 years of coalition work is being recognized at the national level,” Erica Leary, program manager for NCPC, said. Leary has been involved in the coalition since 1995.
Several governmental offices presented NCPC with a proclamation to recognize this significant accomplishment. The city of Carlsbad issued a proclamation at its meeting Dec. 16, and the city of Oceanside and the California State Legislature presented proclamations at the Oceanside City Council meeting on Dec. 17.