Mary Bono Mack to serve on anti-drug coalition board

Outgoing Rep. Mary Bono Mack today was elected to be a board member for the national Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

The Alexandria, Va.-based drug abuse prevention organization represents more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions in the country.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be named to CADCA’s board,” Bono Mack said in a statement today.

“I have worked closely with Gen. (Arthur) Dean and CADCA on many occasions to raise awareness of the deadly dangers of prescription drug abuse. We are committed to working together to save thousands of lives and spare millions of American families from the heartbreak of addiction.”

Kevin Warren, president of U.S. client operations for Xerox Corporation, and Donald Truslow, president of the Financial Stability Industry Council, were also named to the board.

“We at CADCA are excited to welcome Congresswoman Bono Mack, Kevin Warren and Donald Truslow to our board of directors,” Dean, the organization’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Each has a passion for preventing drug abuse, especially among our youth and brings expertise that will enhance our organization and advance our mission.”

Bono Mack for years has been an outspoken advocate for curbing prescription drug abuse. She has often talked frankly about the addictions her own family members have battled.

Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican who has represented the area since 1998, is serving out the final days of her last term in the U.S. House. Today’s announcement provides the first indication of what she’ll do next.