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About Us

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) is a private, not-for-profit educational, scientific, and informational organization. The Association was originally incorporated in 1971 to serve State Drug Agency Directors, and then in 1978 the membership was expanded to include State Alcoholism Agency Directors.

NASADAD’s basic purpose is to foster and support the development of effective alcohol and other drug use prevention and treatment programs throughout every State. The Board of Directors is composed of a President, First Vice President, Vice President for Treatment, Vice President for Internal Affairs, Vice President for Prevention, Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as 10 regional representatives elected by the Association members in the region. The Washington, DC, office is headed by an Executive Director and includes divisions concerned with Research and Program Applications, Prevention Services, and Public Policy.

NASADAD Activities

NASADAD is authorized by the Board of Directors to engage in any or all of the following activities:

  • To represent member States on Association policies and issues before Congress, Executive Branch, governmental, and allied organizations as directed by the Board of Directors;
  • To promote, plan, develop, expand, and utilize educational materials and scientific activities within the fields;
  • To coordinate and facilitate timely information exchange to the States concerning policies of various constituencies with the alcohol, other drug use, and related field;
  • To respond to appropriate requests for contracts, grants and other funding opportunities that will facilitate the Association carrying out its goals of serving States; and
  • To establish and secure adequate resources to accomplish all goals and objectives outlined in the annual program of work or otherwise directed by the Board of Directors.

NASADAD Objectives

As stated in its bylaws, NASADAD’s objectives are:

  • To facilitate the translation of research and knowledge into practice and identifies problems and issues that merit further study and research;
  • To foster communication and collaboration with other organizations and national associations that interface with issues of substance use;
  • To promote training within the field of substance use prevention and treatment as well as cross-training in other systems;
  • To provide technical assistance to its membership;
  • To promote the establishment of national standards for quality assurance, outcomes, and performance;
  • To shape public policy positions that advance the provision of effective prevention and treatment services and increase funding for same; and
  • To maintain a stable base of funding to ensure continued long-term financial viability.

NASADAD Collaborations

NASADAD serves as a focal point for the examination of alcohol and other drug related issues of common interest to both other national organizations and federal agencies. Federal agencies and organizations with which NASADAD has worked include:

  • Army National Guard
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
  • Center for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS)
  • Center for Prevention Methodology and Implementation
  • International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)
  • National Association for State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)
  • National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Technical Assistance Center
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Centers on Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention (CSAT and CSAP), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Society for Prevention Research (SPR)
  • U.S. Department of Education (ED)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)


NASADAD is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and does not engage in lobbying or electoral political activities.


NASADAD Strategic Framework



Annual Meeting

2021 SAMHSA & NASADAD Annual Meeting

2021 Annual Meeting, Virtual, June 7, 9-11, 2021

2020 SAMHSA & NASADAD Annual Meetings

2020 Annual Meeting, Virtual, July 13, 15, and 17, 2020

2019 CSAT/CSAP Annual Meeting & NASADAD Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD, June 4-6

2018 NASADAD/CSAT/CSAP Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD, May 21-24

2017 NASADAD/NPN/NTN/WSN Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, May 23-26

2016 NASADAD/NPN/NTN/WSN Annual Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, June 8-10

NASADAD/NPN/NTN Annual Meeting Archives

2015 Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, June 1-3


2014 Annual Meeting, Omaha, NE


2013 Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD


2012 Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA


2011 Annual Meeting: Indianapolis, IN, “Racing to the Future: Embracing Quality and Improving Performance”


2010 Annual Meeting: Norfolk, VA,Fostering Success in an Evolving Health Care Environment”


2009 Annual Meeting: Syracuse, NY, “Managing and Leading Through Challenging Fiscal Times: Opportunities for Innovation”


2008 Annual Meeting: Montgomery, AL, “Prevention and Treatment Services in Support of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care”

HIV Coordinators

The HIV Coordinators were organized under the SAMHSA/CSAT State Collaborative Activities Grant to NASADAD. HIV Coordinators are assigned by the NASADAD member to manage the SAPT Block Grant activities regarding the HIV set-aside. This funding requires that designated States utilize a portion of SAPT Block Grant funds for Early Intervention Counseling and Testing. NASADAD hosts quarterly conference calls with the HIV Coordinators in selected States and SAMHSA staff to give the HIV Coordinators a chance to exchange information with SAMHSA, receiving updates about Federal initiatives and guidance on issues and questions. The calls also allow participants to hear from national and State speakers on innovative practices and services that address special populations.

Opioid Treatment Network

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The Opioid Treatment Network (OTN) is a specialty NASADAD component group within the National Treatment Network dedicated to developing and promoting quality services for those with an opioid use disorder (OUD). The OTN works to ensure compliance of individual opioid treatment programs (OTPs) with federal and State and opioid treatment standards. The members of the OTN are the designated State Opioid Treatment Authorities (SOTAs), who have lead responsibility for opioid treatment oversight and federal regulation compliance within their States/Territories.


Role of the State Opioid Treatment Authority (SOTA)

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Women’s Services Network

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The Women’s Services Network (WSN) is a specialty NASADAD component group within the NTN dedicated to effective service delivery for women and their families. The members of the WSN, or Women’s Services Coordinators, are representatives of the SSAs and are designated to lead women-specific substance use issues. The WSN ensures that the unique treatment and recovery needs of women and their families are addressed and facilitates collaboration with other public and private service agencies that serve women and their families.



Capacity and Management Workgroup

September 28, 2018

Capacity and Management Workgroup Co-Chairs: Michelle Tilotta (IA), Ruthie Dallas...

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Continuum of Care Subcommittee

September 26, 2018

Continuum of Care Call Summary: Services in the Criminal Justice...

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Learning Collaborative Subcommittee

December 2, 2015

Learning Collaborative Subcommittee Mission Statement: To enhance the WSN's knowledge...

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WSN Executive Committee Call Summaries

August 27, 2015

WSN Coordinating Committee Call Summary (May 23, 2019) WSN Coordinating...

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2015 WSN Business Day

June 23, 2015

WSN Business Day at the NASADAD/NPN/NTN/WSN Annual Meeting 2015 Business...

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NASADAD releases fact sheet on neonatal abstinence syndrome

June 8, 2015

The fact sheet provides information about neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)...

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2014 WSN Business Day

August 15, 2014

WSN Business Day at the NASADAD/NPN/NTN Annual Meeting 2014 Business...

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WSN Regional Reports (2/26/14)

February 24, 2014

Regional Reports, February 26, 2014, WSN Executive Committee Call Region...

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WSN Regional Reports (11/25/13)

November 22, 2013

Region I Connecticut Maine Rhode Island Region II New Jersey...

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WSN Regional Reports (10/9/13)

October 31, 2013

Regional Reports, October 9th, 2013 WSN Executive Committee Call Region...

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Therapeutic Services for Children

September 19, 2013

NASADAD Research Report Therapeutic Services for Children Whose Parents Receive...

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Block Grant Set-Aside for Pregnant Women and Women with Dependent Children

August 20, 2013

SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS) August 2013 SAMHSA...

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2012 WSN Business Day

November 20, 2012

WSN Business Day at the NASADAD/NPN/NTN Annual Meeting 2012 WSN...

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2008 WSN Business Day

June 29, 2011

2008 WSN Business Day Agenda 2008 WSN Business Day Minutes

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2009 WSN Business Day

June 29, 2011

2009 WSN Business Day Agenda

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2010 WSN Business Day

June 29, 2011

2010 WSN Business Day Agenda 2010 WSN Business Day Minutes

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2011 WSN Business Day

June 28, 2011

Agenda and Minutes Agenda DRAFT Minutes Subcommittee Products Criminal Justice...

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Outcomes Data Subcommittee Inquiries

June 27, 2011

Reports, Presentations, and Internet Links on Women's Services

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Former WSN Subcommittees

June 27, 2011

Former WSN Subcommittees Women’s Treatment Standards Subcommittee Mission Statement: Dedicated...

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WSN Conference Presentations

June 27, 2011

SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women's Services (ACSW) August 2013 Starleen...

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WSN Inquiries

June 27, 2011

Gender-Specific Resource Assessments 10.30.2018 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Commission 10.12.2018 Programs...

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2013 WSN Business Day

June 27, 2011

WSN Business Day at the NASADAD/NPN/NTN Annual Meeting 2013 WSN...

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Recovery Supports Subcommittee

June 27, 2011

Mission Statement: To advocate for the integration of gender responsive...

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Pregnant and Parenting Subcommittee

June 27, 2011

Pregnant & Parenting Women Subcommittee Mission Statement: To educate policymakers...

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Outcomes Data Subcommittee

June 27, 2011

Outcomes Data Subcommittee Mission Statement: Dedicated to increased access to...

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WSN Criminal Justice Subcommittee

June 27, 2011

Criminal Justice Subcommittee Mission Statement: Dedicated to the improvement and...

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WSN Executive Committee Calls

June 27, 2011

Executive Committee Contact List WSN Executive Committee (7/16/2013) Executive Committee...

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Women’s Service Network (WSN)

February 18, 2011

WSN Contact List 6.14.2011 Executive Committee Calls Subcommittees: The Criminal...

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Women’s Services Network

December 22, 2010

The Women’s Services Network (WSN) is a specialty NASADAD component...

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National Treatment Network



The National Treatment Network (NTN) is a NASADAD component group dedicated to a quality and cost-effective publicly funded substance use disorder (SUD) treatment system designed to service diverse populations. The NTN members, or Treatment Coordinators, are appointed by Single State Agency (SSA) Directors for alcohol and drug services and have lead responsibility for treatment issues. They are responsible for planning and implementing publicly funded treatment services with the SSA.

National Prevention Resources

Below is information about organizations that maintain a strong focus on alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse prevention. This list is not exhaustive and does not necessarily indicate an endorsement by NASADAD.

  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF) — The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. We promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.
  • Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both the State and Federal levels. Detailed, state-by-state, information is available for 33 policies. APIS also provides a variety of informational resources of interest to alcohol policy researchers and others involved with alcohol policy issues.
  • Brandeis University PDMP Center of Excellence — Funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Center of Excellence was founded in 2010 at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Brandeis University. The Center partners with the PDMP Training and Technical Assistance Center at Brandeis to combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic. The Center collaborates with a wide variety of PDMP stakeholders, including federal and state governments and agencies, universities, health departments, and medical and pharmacy boards.
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA has members in every U.S. state and territory and working in 18 countries around the world.
  • Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies  SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) is a national substance abuse prevention training and technical assistance (T/TA) system dedicated to strengthening prevention systems and the nation’s behavioral health workforce.
  • Centers for Disease Control Tobacco Information and Prevention Source Page The premiere source for tobacco information and prevention, featuring the Smoking and Health Database. The Database covers more than 30 years of information, and is a comprehensive online resource covering the scientific, technical, social science, policy, legal, and historical literature related to smoking and tobacco use.
  • Injury Prevention & Control: Prescription Drug Overdose – The CDC remains committed to advancing a public health approach to preventing drug overdose death and applies its scientific expertise to help curb the epidemic in three ways: 1) Improving data quality and surveillance to monitor and respond to the epidemic; 2) Strengthening state efforts by scaling up effective public health interventions; and 3) Equipping health care providers with the data and tools needed to improve the safety of their patients.
  • Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)  The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) works with federal, state, public, and private organizations to develop comprehensive prevention systems by:
    • Providing national leadership in the development of policies, programs, and services to prevent the onset of illegal drug use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, alcohol misuse and abuse, and underage alcohol and tobacco use;
    • Providing the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant funds and discretionary grants;
    • Promoting effective substance abuse prevention practices that enable states, communities, and other organizations to apply prevention knowledge effectively.
  • International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, Inc. (IC&RC)  IC&RC is the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 25 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military.
  • National Governor’s Association –The abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and is the most common type of drug abuse after marijuana use among teens between the ages of 12 and 17. To combat the growing problem, the National Governors Association (NGA) is hosting a year-long project led by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Impaired Driving –NHTSA was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 and is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. It works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse  NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
  • Edinburgh Rehab Centre  A highly experienced and proficient rehabilitation center than works arduously everyday to help people overcome the harmful effects of addiction that can prevent a person from reaching their goal of stopping consumption of alcohol or other substances they abuse.
  • National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome  NOFAS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for those individuals and families affected. NOFAS is the only national organization focusing solely on FAS, the leading known cause of mental retardation.
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)  As part of the Executive Office of the President, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) places an emphasis on community-based prevention programs, early intervention programs in healthcare settings, aligning criminal justice policies and public health systems to divert non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail, funding scientific research on drug use, and, through the Affordable Care Act, expanding access to substance abuse treatment.
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids  The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families, providing parents with direct support to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Society for Prevention Research (SPR)  The Society for Prevention Research is an organization dedicated to advancing scientific investigation on the etiology and prevention of social, physical and mental health, and academic problems and on the translation of that information to promote health and well being. The multi-disciplinary membership of SPR is international and includes scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers who value the conduct and dissemination of prevention science worldwide.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SAMHSA is the lead federal agency on substance abuse treatment and prevention. Includes the Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Prevention (CSAP), and Mental Health Services (CMHS).
    • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant  The Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program provides funds to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, 6 Pacific jurisdictions, and 1 tribal entity to prevention and treat substance abuse.
    • Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)  The mission of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is to promote community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services for individuals and families in every community. CSAT provides national leadership to improve access, reduce barriers, and promote high quality, effective treatment and recovery services.
    • Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) – The Center for Mental Health Services leads federal efforts to promote the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. Congress created CMHS to bring new hope to adults who have serious mental illness and children with emotional disorders.
    • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)  The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination. The purpose of NREPP is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which of these may best meet their needs. NREPP is one way that SAMHSA is working to improve access to information on evaluated interventions and reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.
  • U.S. Department of Justice – The mission of the U.S. Department of Justice is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
    • Drug Enforcement Administration — The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic
    • Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center  The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) established the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) in 1999 to support its Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program. The UDETC provides a variety of science-based, practical, effective training and technical assistance services to support, enhance, and build leadership capacity and increase state and local community effectiveness in their efforts to enforce underage drinking laws, prevent underage drinking, and eliminate the devastating consequences associated with alcohol use by underage youth.
  • U.S. Department of Education  The Safe Students-Healthy Schools Initiative supports local educational agencies (LEAs) in the development of communitywide approaches to creating safe and drug-free schools and promoting healthy childhood development. Programs are intended to prevent violence and the illegal use of drugs and to promote safety and discipline. Coordination with other community-based organizations (CBOs) is required. This program is jointly funded and administered by the departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services.
  • U.S Department of Labor, Working Partners for an Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace  Working Partners provides businesses and communities with tools and information to effectively address drug and alcohol problems.  More specifically, the initiative raises awareness about the impact drugs and alcohol have on the workplace and helps employers and employees work together to ensure their workplaces are free of the hazards of alcohol and drug abuse.

National Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies

2018 National Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies


Combatting Retail Sales of Synthetic Drugs, North Coastal Prevention Coalition, California

Tracy Flinn (NASADAD), Erica Leary (NCPC), John Byrom (NCPC), Michelle Nienhius (NPN-South Carolina)


The North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) has facilitated community-level prevention strategies in the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Vista in North Coastal San Diego County since 1993. Coalition efforts focus on environmental prevention strategies in order to change the community norms, access, and availability that contribute to substance use problems.

The application detailed NCPC’s efforts to reduce the retail sales of synthetic drugs, particularly those designed to mimic marijuana, like K2 and spice. NCPC first learned about synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts back in 2009, when staff at an afterschool program explained that their students were using it as a ‘legal’ way to get high. High school kids were buying spice at local gas stations and convenience stores and were selling it to middle school students.

NCPC embarked on a multi-year effort to address this new and emerging substance, and worked with partners at the local, regional, state and federal level. Initial approaches began with increasing public awareness and partnering with local law enforcement agencies to urge local retail outlets to stop selling these dangerous products. Youth advocates were trained to conduct store assessments and purchase attempts and make follow up visits. Though these efforts had some success in reducing availability from corporate stores, other retailers like independent markets, liquor stores, and head shops continued to profit off these products since the laws and enforcement could not keep up.

After California law changed in January 2012 to prohibit the sale of synthetic cannabinoid compounds, NCPC worked with law enforcement to put retailers on notice that these products were illegal. By June 2012, most of the stores came into compliance. But two headshops and two smoke-shops in Oceanside did not comply.

After a string of medical calls for service in downtown Oceanside in 2015, the business association, law enforcement, the City Attorney, and NCPC collaborated to craft a local ordinance that would give additional tools to crack down on illegal sales. Rather than focusing on a class of chemical compounds, the local ordinance included pricing and packaging, and attached a $500 fine per package for violators. This was a critical step to eliminate these products from local stores and resulted in a dramatic decline in calls for service – from 181 between January 2013 and April 2016 (when the ordinance was adopted) to 9 from May 2016 to August 2017.