SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 30 Four-Star GeneralBarry McCaffrey (ret), former White House National Drug Policy Director (1996-2001), now West Point Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and a widelycited terrorism and drug policy expert in the media, will keynote and serve asHonorary Chair of a State Capitol rally for recovery and treatment at 11 AM Wednesday, September 5. The keynote is at 11:30.
Also speaking will be California HHS Secretary Kimberly Belshe and StateAlcohol and Drug Programs Director Rene Zito.
Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest substanceabuse and behavioral treatment provider, headquartered in Cupertino, CA, willintroduce Gen. McCaffrey.
The rally, held by the California Association of Addiction RecoveryResources (CAARR) and the California State Department of Alcohol and DrugPrograms, will feature 5,000 participants including state and countyofficials, treatment providers, researchers, drug addiction medicalprofessionals, recovering addicts, families, and friends.
In addition to supporting science based drug and alcohol treatment for 23million chronic substance abusers to meet the national shortage (Californiahas a "gap" of approximately 3 million people who need but do not receivetreatment according to U.S. Dept. of HHS), Gen. McCaffrey is expected to callfor understanding drugs as a crucial issue in both domestic and foreignpolicy. McCaffrey will praise the celebration of the successes of drugtreatment. The theme of the rally is "Saving Lives, Saving Dollars."
Susan Blacksher and Ken Jones of CAARR are chief organizers of the event.
-- Keynote, Gen. Barry McCaffrey: 11:30 AM, Wednesday, September 5, WestSteps of the State Capitol. General McCaffrey and Dr. Karlin will also beavailable to the press immediately following the keynote address, at presstent south of stage.
-- Media are also welcome to attend and interview McCaffrey, Karlin,Zito, and others at the VIP reception: Tuesday, September 4, 4-6PM atSpataro's, 15th & L Street, Sacramento.
Contact: Bob Weiner/Rebecca Vander Linde 301-283-0821 or 202-329-1700
SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates