Community Services ‘Market’ Aids Addiction Crisis in Salt Lake City

By Ally Bergmann, Program Coordinator While traveling on vacation, Drug Free Manatee Program Coordinator Ally Bergmann discovered a concentrated community “market” designed specifically for homeless residents and people suffering from addiction. Recently, while on...

Manatee DENS: From Information to Action

By Rita Chamberlain, Associate Director of Drug Free Manatee Florida is implementing a multi-level response to the opioid overdose crisis, with strategies at the local level e.g. Drug Free Manatee’s Addiction Crisis Task Force (ACT), regionally and on a statewide...

DFM Coordinates DEC Training

By Executive Director Sharon Kramer, M.ED., CPP Recognizing that Manatee County is second in Florida for child removals, Drug Free Manatee coordinated a Drug Endangered Children Training of Trainers.  141 children have been removed from their homes January-March in...

ACT Team Educates LECOM Students at Research Day Event

By Executive Director Sharon Kramer, M.ED., CPP Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM) asked Addiction Crisis Taskforce (ACT) to present to 1,000 students and 200 faculty members at Research Day 2017. LECOM valued the  taskforce ‘s systems approach to address the...

One Mother Against ‘Medibles’ (Marijuana Edibles)

By Communications Coordinator Merab-Michal Favorite They might seem like a naughty treat or a fun indulgence to adults. They’re decorative, colorful and delicious and they come in all shapes and sizes. Cookies, cakes, brownies, granola bars, popcorn, popsicles and...

‘Snack Bags’ Safer than Cash for Homeless

By Prevention Coordinator Ally Bergmann A few weeks ago, my daughters and I saw a homeless person at an intersection holding a “Please Help” sign. As we drove past him, my 10 year old asked why I hadn’t given him any money. I explained to her that I didn’t have any...