4-Star Gen. Barry Mccaffrey, Former U.S. Drug Czar, to Keynote 'Recovery Happens!' Rally for Treatment: Wed., Sept. 5, 11 Am, State Capitol West Steps, Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four-Star
General Barry McCaffrey (ret), former White House National Drug Policy
Director (1996- 2001), now West Point Adjunct Professor of International
Affairs and a widely cited terrorism and drug policy expert in the media,
will keynote and serve as Honorary Chair of a State Capitol rally for
recovery and treatment at 11 AM Wednesday, September 5. The keynote is at
Also speaking will be California HHS Secretary Kimberly Belshe and
State Alcohol and Drug Programs Director Rene Zito.
Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest
substance abuse and behavioral treatment provider, headquartered in
Cupertino, CA, will introduce Gen. McCaffrey.
The rally, held by the California Association of Addiction Recovery
Resources (CAARR) and the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug
Programs, will feature 5,000 participants including state and county
officials, treatment providers, researchers, drug addiction medical
professionals, recovering addicts, families, and friends.
In addition to supporting science based drug and alcohol treatment for
23 million chronic substance abusers to meet the national shortage
(California has a "gap" of approximately 3 million people who need but do
not receive treatment according to U.S. Dept. of HHS), Gen. McCaffrey is
expected to call for understanding drugs as a crucial issue in both
domestic and foreign policy. McCaffrey will praise the celebration of the
successes of drug treatment. The theme of the rally is "Saving Lives,
Susan Blacksher and Ken Jones of CAARR are chief organizers of the
-- Keynote, Gen. Barry McCaffrey: 11:30 AM, Wednesday, September 5,
West Steps of the State Capitol. General McCaffrey and Dr. Karlin will also
be available to the press immediately following the keynote address, at
press tent south of stage.
-- Media are also welcome to attend and interview Mc
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