DEA/Newark Division Co-Hosts 3rd Annual Prevention Conference Long Branch, New Jersey
On Friday, February 28, 2003, the DEA/Newark Division Co-Hosted the 3rd Annual Prevention Conference at the Ocean Shore Conference Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. In order for a successful prevention conference DEA/Newark Division partnered with the following agencies: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey National Guard, Saint Barnabas Health Care System, and New Jersey Prevention Network.
Nearly six hundred attendees participated in the one-day conference. The morning session included a speech by DEA Chief of Domestic Operations, James Capra. He was followed by Acting Special Agent in Charge Alexander J. Gourley who gave a brief overview on DEA role in the prevention mission. Additionally, Acting Special Agent in Charge Gourley presented the first annual Anthony D. Cammarato Award of Excellence in the field of Prevention. The award went to Linda Jeffery, Ph.D., Director of Addition Studies, Rowan University for her outstanding contributions in the field of prevention. After the presentation, there were ten (10) workshops covering diverse subjects for the attendees to chose from. After the workshops, an elegant lunch was served. The afternoon session began with a keynote speaker from New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Assistant Commissioner, Addition Services, Carolann Kane-Cavaiola. After the afternoon keynote, participants returned to the workshops. The highly successful conference culminated with closing remarks from the host agencies.
In closing, the DEA/Newark Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Alexander J. Gourley stated " it is only by building coalitions and partnerships that we can be successful in reducing the drug availability and abuse." Further, to show the commitment to the prevention program all of DEA's management team was at the conference to show the dedication and support.